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Sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora)

Sweet autumn clematis Common Names: Leatherleaf clematis, yam-leaved clematis

Description: Introduced to the United States in the 1800s as an ornamental.

Habit: Perennial, semi-woody, climbing vine that can reach up to 30 ft. long.

Leaves: Opposite, compound, occur at intervals along stem; odd-pinnate with 3-5 leaflets; leaflets have entire margins, are 2-3 in. long, 1.5 in. wide and ovate or ovate-cordate in shape and glabrous.

Stems: Green in color, glabrous, terete when young. Older stems are brownish green in color.

Flowers: White in color, fragrant, star-shaped, four-petaled; blooms in late summer through the fall.

Fruit and seeds: Showy, with long, silver-gray, feather-like hairs attached.

Habitat: Native to Japan. Can be found in forest edges, right-of-ways, and streambanks.

Reproduction: By seed. Capable of producing prolific seed counts.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.

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Common Name:

Sweet autumn clematis

Scientific Name:

Clematis terniflora







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