Clematis crispa

Leather Flower, Swamp

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Native to wooded floodplains, swamps, and marshes from Texas to southern Illinois to Virginia and south, swamp leather flower is a brittle twining vine that climbs over understory growth. Late spring to early summer flowers are one inch, pale violet, blue, or pink, and bell-shaped with widely flaring, crisped petals and are borne singly at the ends of graceful flowering stems. Flowering is followed by attractive silvery seed heads. Grow this delicate looking vine where it can clamber over low shrubs or help it twine on a low trellis. It wants part shade with good, moisture retentive soil. Flowering occurs on the current season’s growth so in winter, cut off any stems to just above the first node. This is a pretty vine for the small garden. It also makes a very interesting, elegant cut flower.



Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type


Vine Wildflower


Light Exposure

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderately moist


full quart


36 or taller

Flower Color

Blue, Violet, Pink

Bloom Time

Early summer,

Mid summer,

Late spring



Hardiness Zones

6, 7, 8, 9