Clematis is a genus of plants that include mostly climbers but also shrubs. It is part of the Ranunculaceae family of plants. It comprises over 370 species from all over the world but mostly Asia and North America.
Clematis is a beautiful climber that blossoms profusely. There are species with smaller or larger flowers. They all love full sun but like their roots cool and moist. The flowers could be solitary or in clusters. The leaves are opposite and compound. There are other names given to Clematis such as Traveller’s Joy, Virgin’s Bower, Old Man’s Beard, Leather Flower, and Vase Vine. They are woody vines and lianas. The stems are fragile.
Some of the well-known Clematis species include:
See also Clematis ‘Jackmanii’