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Clematis terniflora DC


Clematis terniflora is a climbing, semi-evergreen, ornamental vine.
The leaves are opposite, compound (with 3-5 leaflets), and the margins are entire. Leaflets are each 2-3 in. (5-7.6 cm) long.
White, fragrant, four-petaled flowers appear in the late summer through the fall.
Seeds are also showy and production is prolific. Seed heads have long, silvery-gray, feather-like hairs attached.
Ecological Threat
The native species (C. virginiana) is very similar (margins of leaves of the native tend to be toothed), but not as prone to self-seeding and spreading. Clematis terniflora prefers sun to partial shade and is found invading forest edges, rights of ways and urban green space especially near creeks. It is native to Japan and China and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental plant.


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EDDMapS Distribution

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State Regulated List

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Clematis
Subject: Clematis terniflora DC

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
leatherleaf clematis, yam-leaved clematis

Related Scientific Names:
Clematis dioscoreifolia DC (Synonym)
Clematis maximowicziana DC (Synonym)
Clematis paniculata DC (Synonym)


Plants - Vines