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Clematis sp., Clematis, Old Man's Beard, Traveler's Joy, Virgin's Bower

Clematis sp.

Clematis, Old Man's Beard, Traveler's Joy, Virgin's Bower
Family: Ranunculaceae
Origin: Europe, Hemalayas, China, Australasia, North and central America
USDA Zone: 4-8?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterKeep soil moistYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Clematis is a vine, native to Europe, the Himalayas, China, Australasia, North and Central America that loves to climb for support, so incorporate fences and trellises into your garden design, to ensure your clematis thrives. This beautiful species produces a variegated mix of pink, white and off-white, blue, lavender, purple, red, crimson and vinous flowers, as well as yellow and orange, depending on the variety.

Clematis prefer areas that are shaded from mid-morning through mid-afternoon, but still get some direct sun. To get the most abundant flowers and foliage, try a partially shaded area, such as an east-facing wall, or a north-facing wall in climates that don't experience intense heat in the summer.

When growing in a pot in colder regions, be sure to provide extra protection over the winter months.

Keep the soil moist, but not wet, by watering regularly. It's important to give clematis a consistent supply of water, as too much or too little can cause them to become stressed or can even cause them to die. If your clematis becomes stressed, it may be necessary to prune back some of its foliage. This will help the plant to recover.

Clematis is an easy to grow and versatile flowering vine, requiring very little maintenance once established. With the right combination of sun, moisture and support, your clematis can provide beautiful blooms for many years in your garden.

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