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Clematis terniflora DC

Overview

Appearance
Clematis terniflora is a climbing, semi-evergreen, ornamental vine.
Foliage
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.
Flowers
White, fragrant, four-petaled flowers appear in the late summer through the fall.
Fruit
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 - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Invasive List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their invasive species list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Invasives List

Taxonomic Rank

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

Other System Links

Plants: CLTE4
GRIN: 316251
ITIS: 18712
NPDN Host: 37361

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)

Categories

Category: Vines