Clematis brachiata Thunb.

Traveler's-joy, Old Man's Beard, Wild Clematis

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Zones: 9+

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Deciduous climbing plant. Twining woody stems. White flowers, fragrant, in late summer, followed by fluffy seedheads in winter.

From Bot. Reg. A slender evergreen branching sarmentose shrub, climbing, when it finds the means, to a considerable height, which it reaches by the help of the upper leaves, that serve as claspers, and twine themselves round whatever suits for support. Foliage of a dark shining green,...


Published in Prodr. Pl. Cap. 94 in 1800.

Native to Africa.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 2: 97 in 1816.

From Bot. Reg. An unrecorded species, and the only one of the genus from the Cape of Good Hope (where it was found growing naturally by Mr. Niven) as yet known to have blossomed in our gardens. It has been lately raised from imported seed by Mr. Middlemist, nurseryman at Shepherd's Bush. The specific name is borrowed from the Banksian Herbarium, in which we found a sample of the spontaneous plant, collected by the late Mr. Masson.


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