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Curly Clematis Clematis crispa

Phonetic Spelling
KLEM-ah-tiss KRISP-ah
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Blue jasmine is a semi-woody, perennial, climbing or spreading, twining vine in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family and native to the central and southeastern United States. It can reach 6 to 10 feet high and 3 to 6 feet wide. Its name derives from the Greek word klēmatis, meaning brushwood or broken branches, perhaps owing to the fragile stems of this genus.

This plant will flower best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Be sure to provide it with acidic soil and consistent moisture as its native habitat is swamps and floodplains. Clematis is a heavy feeder; provide it with a low-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the growing season. Mulch around the plant to help keep the roots cool and moist. 

Showy and fragrant flowers bloom in spring and again in fall with possible periodic blooms during the summer.The vine is heat tolerant and usually dies back to the ground in winter. It is less damaged by deer than other clematis and is resistant to black walnut and rabbits.

Blue jasmine can either climb a trellis, fence, wall, or arbor or be unsupported as a ground cover. It requires consistently moist soil, so consider planting near water gardens, rain gardens, or streams. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are attracted to the flower, making it a good addition to butterfly, pollinator, and native gardens.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Wilt can sometimes be fatal.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clematis
    Species:
    crispa
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & South Eastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are attracted to the flower. Less damage by deer than other clematis.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat tolerant.
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Attractive spider-like seed heads each with a silky-plumose tail. Flowers display from June to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    Colored Sepals
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1-2 inch blooms in April-August are blue-purple with 4-8 strongly recurved sepals and many stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Compound stems have 3-5 oval leaflets.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Clematis can cause severe mouth pain and ulcers if eaten. Toxic to dogs, cats, horses. Clinical signs are salivation, vomiting, diarrhea. In humans, symptoms may include dizziness, confusion, fainting, and convulsions. Fatalities are rare, due to the rapid and intense bitter taste and mouth irritation from eating. Gastric lavage is recommended and anti-inflammatory to soothe irritated tissue. Contact dermatitis results in skin redness and burning sensation for some people, gardening gloves are recommended.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    protoanemonin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves
    Sap/Juice