Common Name: mountain clematis
Botanical Name: Clematis montana
Zones: 4 to 9
Type: A deciduous scrambling vine.
Foliage: New leaves are bronze or purple then they turn green
Size: 25 - 40’ x 25- 40’
Flowers: Vines are smothered with flowers up to 4 inches wide bearing 4 silky white petals with showy yellow anthers in spring, May to June. Sometimes reblooms if pruned immediately after flowering.
Soil & Care: Prefer well-drained, moisture retaining soil. Apply an organic mulch on top of soil as it likes a cool base. Plant crowns 5-8cm (2-3in) deep encourage shoots from the roots. Prune after flowering.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.
Propagate: Layering and semi-hardwood cuttings.
Tolerant: black walnut and deer
Problems: fungus wilt
Uses: screens, along fences, on arbours
This quick and easy growing deciduous vine dons a profuse amount of flowers even when it’s immature.
It attaches to anything nearby with supple twining stems. This is a vigorous vine that needs support.
Cultivars & Varieties: Numerous ones available including the ‘grandiflora’ that bears larger flowers and ‘Elizabeth’ and 'Rubens' that are not white, but pink.