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Curly Clematis

Clematis crispa

Clematis crispa is a well-behaved native vine that can tolerate growing in wet, poorly drained soil. The sweetly scented 1 to 2 in. bell-shaped flowers bloom on and off from spring through summer, and often into fall. Hardy in zones 7 through 9.

 

Curly Clematis (Clematis crispa) flowering in spring

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

 

 

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Habit

  • Plants grow between 5 to 8 ft. tall
  • Twining vine
  • How to Grow

  • Moist soil, root zone benefits from some shade
  • Sun to part shade – at least 6 hours of direct sun for best flowering
  • Once established, Curly Clematis will tolerate periodic drought and flooding, but will not grow well in dry, sandy soil. Flowers form on new growth; cut back old stems to the ground anytime in winter.

    Where to plant

  • Small arbors and trellises
  • Step railings
  • For larger arbors and fences, consider planting a more vigorous vine like Crossvine or Coral Honeysuckle.

    Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Bumble bees
  • Butterflies, particularly swallowtails
  • Larval host plant for:

  • Brown bark carpet moth
  • Native habitat and range

  • Found growing along streambanks and in swamps
  • Virginia, where it is rare, to Florida
  • Source and origin

    Grown from seed that were originally collected off plants growing on a streambank in Pender County, North Carolina.

    Comments

    Seeing Curly Clematis in the wild always amazes us; to find something so pretty and delicate growing on streambanks covered in thickets of briars and poison ivy.

    Propagation

    Viable seed sown after it has been collected in early summer will usually germinate in the fall.

     

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