Clematis integrifolia

1 Jul

Clematis integrifolia (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Clematis integrifolia (07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to dappled shade

Flowering period: Early summer

Soil: Moist, free drained

Eventual Height: 1m

Eventual Spread: 1m

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Ranunculaceae

Clematis integrifolia is a deciduous, low growing herbaceous  woody perennial or sub shrub with a rambling, sprawling habit. Its dark green leaves are ovate with entire margins, up to 14cm long and 10cm broad. Its blue flowers are solitary, bell shaped, up to 5cm across and borne on the previous years growth. Its fruit appear as silver/ green feathery seed heads.

Clematis integrifolia Flower 07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Clematis integrifolia Flower 07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Clematis integrifolia, commonly know as Solitary Clematis, is native to Europe and west Asia. In its native habitat it grows on grassy slopes and scrub.

The etymological root of the binomial name Clematis is from the Greek klema meaning a ‘vine branch’, alluding to the vine like habit of the climbing members of the genus. Integrifolia is derived from the Latin and means ‘with entire leaves’.  

The landscape architect may find  Clematis integrifolia useful as a spreading ground cover plant. A framework may be used to provide a structure for this plant to spread over. As with most Clematis species this species prefers cool roots.

Clematis integrifolia Leaf 07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Clematis integrifolia Leaf 07/06/2014, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Clematis integrifolia flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Clematis integrifolia prefers moist, humus rich, free draining soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Clematis integrifolia requires little maintenance. If required pruning may be carried out in early spring to a height of 20cm above ground level to promote vigorous spring growth.

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