Sweet Autumn Clematis, Fragrant Clematis
- Main interest:
- sweet fragrance, showy profusion of small white flowers, late bloomer, persistant silver seed heads late in the fall
- full sun to partial shade
- Soil humidity:
- moist soil; well drained
- Growth type:
- Flower colour:
- creamy white
- Flowering period:
- September to October
- dark green
- USDA Hardiness:
- zone 5b: -26 °C (-15 °F) View Zone Map
- Mature height & width (max.):
- height: 30 ft (9 m) width: 6 ft (1.8 m)
- fence, pergola, trellis, wall
Sweet Autumn Clematis is a large, fast growing, deciduous vine with significant masses of small star shaped, creamy white flowers. This Fragrant Clematis blooms late in the season with flowers appearing from September to October. Sweet Autumn has a sweet fragrance of honey and vanilla, thus the common name. Attractive silver coloured seed heads persist into the winter. Clematis paniculata is often wrongly listed as a synomym of Clematis terniflora. Clematis paniculata is a separate species native to New Zealand.
Clematis vines are most often planted near a trellis, patio wall, or some structure for support. They can also be planted so that they sprawl over shrubs, stumps, or through perennial gardens.
Clematis is best planted in a location where the foliage and flowers are mostly in the sun, but the roots are kept cool and moist in the shade. Unlike most varieties, this fragrant Clematis will bloom and tolerate almost full shade. Consider using mulch around the root zone in summer and fall. Pruning Group: 3
Group 1 – Flowers only on old wood (previous year). Prune after spring flowering.
Group 2 – Flowers on both old and new wood. Little pruning should be done for woody-stemmed members of this Group. If cut to the ground or pruned in fall or spring, flowering will be reduced or delayed, but not prevented.
Group 3 – Flowers only on new wood. Can be cut to the ground in fall or spring.
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Synonym(s): Clematis maximowicziana
Also known as: Japanese Clematis, Japanese Virgin's-bower, Sweet Autumn Virginsbower, Sweet Autumn Virgin's Bower, Scented Clematis, Perfumed Clematis