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Clematis glaucophylla is often confused with:
Clematis viorna Clematis viorna
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Pontederia cordata Pontederia cordata
Trillium erectum Flowers
Trillium grandiflorum Flowers

Whiteleaf Leather-flower Clematis glaucophylla

Previously known as:

  • Viorna glaucophylla
Phonetic Spelling
KLEM-ah-tiss glaw-koh-FIL-ah
Description

White leaf leather flower is a lesser-known flowering, rhizomatous vine in the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family native to southeastern North America.  In the wild, it is found in forests, outcroppings, and along streambanks and attracts both bees and hummingbirds.  It will reach up to 15 feet in length in optimal conditions using its leaves as climbing tendrils. 

Grow in full sun to part shade and rich, moist, loamy soil, preferably acid to neutral.  Because flowers bloom on new growth, choose to prune between fall and early spring. Clematis is a heavy feeder; provide it with a low nitrogen, slow release fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the growing season.

The showy bell-shaped flowers appear from late spring until early fall adding visual interest to a garden while providing a nectar source that benefits the native wildlife like bees and hummingbirds.

Plant along a slope, or in a vertical space supported by a trellis or arbor in a native or pollinator garden.  

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens. 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clematis
    Species:
    glaucophylla
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees and hummingbirds
    Climbing Method:
    Tendrils
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Vine
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Spreading
  • 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:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Aggregate
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Aggregate achenes with fine hairs and filaments that give the fruit a silvery, feathery appearance.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Colored Sepals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    What appear to be petals are actually four thick sepals fused into a bell-like shape. They are a reddish purple-pink on the outside and pale yellow-green on the inside, growing in axilary clusters of 1-3. Two bracts sit about 1/3 of the distance from the long flower stem's base (up to 6 inches long) and the flowers are just under an inch in size. Blooms from late spring to early fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are notable for functioning as tendrils– the petioles wind around support structures, the leaves growing from the tips. The leaves are opposite, pinnately compound with 4-10 leaflets, and glaucous on the underside. They are thin with non-reticulate veins and may be lobed or entire. Length may reach roughly 1-4 inches and width 1-3 inches.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Green when young, turning reddish-brown as they age.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Vertical Spaces
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds