Clematis viorna L.

Leather-flower, Vasevine

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 6 to 10' tall

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Climbs by tendrils. Purple bell-shaped flowers in spring through summer. Well-drained soil. Prune in spring.

nevertheless, is not killed by our winters, as it is herbaceous, and not making its shoots till late. In a warm situation againsy a wall or trellis, it will begin to blossom in July, and continue to flower till destroyed by the frost. (Bot. Repos.)


Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 543 in 1753.

Native to the eastern and central US from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 71 in 1799: Doubts have been entertained, among some botanists, whether this plant is the Clematis viorna of Linnaeus, as given by him, with various synonims, in his Sp. Plan. By collating the different specific characters from the synonims adopted by him, we have no hesitation in our decision. Being a native of Virginia and Carolina, it is not so hardy as some others from the northern parts of Europe or America...


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