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What Is Wild Clematis?

Updated April 17, 2017

Wild clematis, a climbing vine plant belonging to the Buttercup family, exists in more than 300 species. Gardeners enjoy the brilliant beauty of the plant, although it is a highly invasive species, which also grows in the wild without restraint.

Features

Wild clematis consists of a woody evergreen vine with an alternating growth of leaves and flowers. The colours vary on the flowers, which contain four to eight petal parts. Left alone, wild clematis grows into a treelike canopy by the leaves wrapping around any nearby support structure.

Considerations

Wild clematis prefers cool soil with mulch covering the root base in a garden. They can suffer from a disease called clematis wilt, which is caused by a fungus. Prune affected stems 2 inches below the origin of infection.

Fun Fact

A German legend states Mary and the baby Jesus travelled under a shelter of clematis on their way to Egypt.

Warning

All species of clematis, including wild clematis, contain harmful toxins. Children or pets that inadvertently eat them experience severe mouth pain.

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Connie Whiting has been a professional writer since 1999. She is published in Red Rock Press Anthologies and "Legacy" magazine. She is also an experienced food column writer. Past positions include certified dental assistant and virtual assistant for “Your Invisible Assistant” a service focused on travel arrangements and media writing. Currently, Connie writes for Demand Studios while pursuing an Associate of Arts.