• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing, twining stems reach 20 ft. tall, with support.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Flowering Vine
    Blooms:
    Late Summer into Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KLEM-a-tus pan-ik-u-LA-ta
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing, twining stems reach 20 ft. tall, with support.
    Special features:Easy Care, Fast Growing
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Summer into Fall
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design IdeasThis assertive grower makes a good screen on a trellis for hiding the potting bench or trash cans. (You would never guess what's behind such a beautiful vine!) It should be planted where you can admire the fragrant autumn flowers and silvery seed heads that follow.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, with roots sheltered and top growth in the sun. Mulch soil surface to conserve moisture. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Hard prune and fertilize in early spring. Provide support of a trellis or arbor.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    A prolific grower and bloomer, sweet autumn clematis has the ability to produce many seed heads and prolifically reseed. This allows it to quickly naturalize in some southern states, if left unchecked. However, when properly maintained, this vine can be a welcome asset to the garden, providing fast coverage and blooms at a time of year when little else is of interest.

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