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Clematis serratifolia

Clematis serratifolia
Clematis serratifolia
Clematis serratifolia

Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial vine
Flowers yellow (July-Oct)
Size to 9'
Light sun-part shade
Seed ripensearly October

Late-blooming clematis species from China. Our plants started blooming in August of their third year. The leathery-petaled yellow flowers are small compared to those of hybrid clematis, but there are many of them to enjoy, and the buds look cool, too. The long, undivided leaves are, as the species name indicates, serrated at the edges. Not long after the flowers start opening, the silvery-hairy seedheads come along – much like other clematis, always appreciated, and in this case, I would say that profusion of seedheads is the main event, rather than an afterthought as it might be with the large-flowered clematis.

Clematis serratifolia
The mass of seedheads is impressive by late August...
Clematis serratifolia
...turning into fluffy silver beards by late September.
Clematis serratifolia
Clematis serratifolia
The pendulous buds hint at a white flower, instead of the yellow one contained within
Clematis serratifolia

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 65F (4w) - 35F (8w) - 70F (58%G, 6d)
  2. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 65F (80%G, 11-18d)

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