Clematis glaucophylla

Leather Flower, Whiteleaf

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Pot Size: full quart


Plant Description

Rare in moist woods of the southeast, Leather Flower weaves its way through the brush and trees and dangles its summer flowers throughout and up high. But in cultivation, and with proper pruning, WOW. This non-aggressive vine has smooth green leaves with 2 to 4 pairs of leaflets, and from the leaf axils of new growth, 1 inch bright pink flowers are formed nearly all summer long. The solitary, bell-shaped flowers are on 6 inch long stalks which reach out to the sun, and are deep pink with yellow on the insides of the flared openings. It is called Leather Flower because the flowers are thickened almost like a thin banana peel. While new flowers are forming, the old ones develop into very ornamental fluffy seed heads which start glistening gold, turning whitish, then maturing into a deep brown. This Clematis likes good soil with regular moisture and partial sun - could take full sun in the north and more shade in the south. It wants to grow around 12 to 15 feet per year but flowering occurs on new growth only. So for use on a fence, trellis, or post where you want to see the flowers up close and down low, pruning should be done any time after the plant has gone dormant in the late fall up to early spring. Cut back to two strong sets of buds or nodes on the stem as close to the ground as possible. Blooms should appear within 2 to 3 feet of where you pruned the stem. Or, if you wanted it to twine around a porch railing that was 10 feet above ground level, you could prune the old stems to about 6 or 7 feet above the ground. If you want to grow it up through a tree or shrub, don't prune at all. It may take some time to reach these heights.

Leather Flower is definitely a candidate for the front porch railing. Given good soil, some light, and moisture, it is a real show stopper.

 

Characteristics

Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Hummingbird Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow              

Plant Type

Vine Perennial

Light Exposure

Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance        

Moderately moist,

Moist

Size

full quart

Height

36 or taller

 

 

 

Flower Color

Pink

Bloom Time

Early summer, Mid summer,

Late summer

Spread

4ft

Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9