Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May, June, July, August, September
Bloom Color: white, purple, pink, lilac, lavender, blue
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, climbing, fall interest, fragrant flowers
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Clematis crispaAlso known as:
swamp leather flower,
blue jasmine leather-flower,
Coriflora crispa, Viorna crispa, Viorna obliqua
Clematis crispa is a non-aggressive vine that rarely grows more than 8'. The flowers are bell-shaped with upward curving sepals. They are mildly fragrant and their color can vary from whitish to any shade of pink, blue or purple. As with most Clematis, it produces attractive seed heads which give the plants fall interest.
As the common name "swamp leatherflower" indicates, this is a moisture loving plant. Well adapted to wet environments, care should be taken to keep the soil moist, particularly if planted in hotter climates or in full sun. Rich, acidic soil is preferable. It does well as a potted specimen, and can climb on walls, fences, trellises and columns without additional support. It enjoys an extended bloom period beginning mid-spring, slowing down during summer, only to pick up again through early to mid fall. Blooms March through September. Zones 6-9
Propagate from freshly collected seeds in fall. Stored seeds will need to undergo cold stratification before spring planting. May be propagated by softwood cuttings in summer, and also by root cuttings or division in early spring.
Plants will die back to the ground in colder climates, limiting their overall height.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IL
- Threatened: KY
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