Clematis is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup
family Ranunculaceae. They are popular among gardeners
with more cultivars being produced constantly.
Clematis is a climbing herbaceous perennial known
for its pretty star shaped blossoms.
Other Names: Traveller's Joy, Virgin's
Bower, Old Man's Beard, Leather Flower, Vase Vine,
Pepper Vine, Clemátide Recta, Clematis Recta,
Ground Virginsbower, Upright Virgin's Bower,
Descriptions: Clematis is a climbing vine
with star like flower blossoms that measure 2
to 5 inches.
Size: Clematis is a climbing vine.
Symbolism: A clematis symbolizes ingenuity.
Grow Details: Clematis have a reputation
of being difficult to grow, but if they are well
cared for they can flourish.
Soil Type: Rich
Soil - Well Drained
Soil PH: PH 6.6-7.0
Light: Full Sun to Dappled Sun
Grow Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Height: Clematis is a climbing vine.
Flower Colors: White, Pink, Blue,
Purple, Black, Candy-Striped,
Propagation: Propagate by division
Division/Transplants: Divide in the
Spring/ Transplant in Fall, late Winter
or very early Spring
Blooming Period: June to September
Herbal Remedy Properties: Clematis can
be toxic, the essential oils found in Clematis
can be extremely irritating to the skin and mucous
membranes. Despite its toxicity Native American
Indians used clematis to treat migraine headaches
and nervous disorders
Native Area: Clematis are native to China
made their way into Japanese gardens by the 17th
Clematis Flower Gifts
|Clematis was called pepper vine by early travelers
and pioneers of the American Old West and used as
a pepper substitute to spice up food since true
black pepper was a costly and rarely obtainable
spice. The entire genus contains essential oils
and compounds which are extremely irritating to
the skin and mucous membranes. Unlike black pepper
or Capsicum, however, the compounds in clematis
cause internal bleeding of the digestive tract if
ingested in large amounts.