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Clematis viorna

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Plant types and subtypes: Vines, Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, loam, clay, sand

Height: 6'-10'

Bloom Time: May, June, July, August

Bloom Color: red, purple, pink, lilac

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: climbing, colonizing, creeping, fall interest, naturalizing, stream margin plant

Clematis viorna (vasevine)
  • Clematis viorna (vasevine)
  • Clematis viorna (vasevine)
  • Clematis viorna (vasevine)
  • Clematis viorna (vasevine)

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Description

Clematis viorna

Also known as:

vasevine

,

leatherflower

,

vase-vine leather-flower

,

northern leatherflower

Scientific Synonyms:

Clematis beadlei, Clematis gattingeri, Coriflora beadlei, Coriflora gattingeri, Coriflora viorna, Viorna beadlei, Viorna flaccida, Viorna gattingeri, Viorna ridgwayi, Viorna viorna

Description

Clematis viorna is a low-growing, deciduous, non-woody perennial vine. It has a creeping habit and will also climb up structures, natural or man-made, to a height of 10' by means of tendrils. The flowers are thick and leathery, resemble bells or upturned vases, and vary in color from pink or purple to red. These give way to very attractive, spidery seed heads that persist on the vine well into fall.

Cultivation

Vasevine is easy to grow, adaptable, and non-invasive. It is best grown in part-sun, in rich, moist well-drained soil. It will also tolerate full sun in a wetter location, or part-shade in a dryer one. It can be left to ramble and form a loose low-growing thicket, or trained up a fence or trellis. Flowering can extend for a couple of months, between between May and August. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed, by semi-hardwood cuttings, or by layering.

Additional Notes

Clematis viorna is commonly found on east facing slopes of the lower Appalachians, an area with the richest variety of native Clematis.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL, PA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Clematis leather flower
Species Clematis viorna vasevine