Sweet Autumn Clematis

Clematis terniflora

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Handsome climbing vine displays billowy masses of fragrant creamy-white flowers against leathery dark green leaves in fall. Seed heads are silvery. Great for arbors, fences, and cut flowers. Deciduous. Full to partial sun. Fast-growing vine to 20 feet long. Cutting grown.
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4 - 9

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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationKLEM-a-tus tern-ih-FLOR-uh
LoreA 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.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing, twining stems reach 20 ft. tall, with support.
Bloom TimeLate Summer into Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Espalier, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureFragrant Flowering Vine

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.

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