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Clematis Paniculata

Facts About Clematis Paniculata

Clematis paniculata is one of many varieties of the clematis family, and a vining plant which can grow to a fairly significant height. It features rather small flowers that vary from white to an off-white color, and are very fragrant. Some call Clematis paniculata one of the most fragrant of all of the clematis varieties. This could be somewhat of an exaggeration, but those who have the plant and love it, always seem to comment more on its fragrance than on its other attributes.

A Bit Toxic - Clematis paniculata is hardy in USDA Zones 4 through 9. It blooms in the late summer to early fall, quite a bit later than is the case with most clematis varieties. It prefers full sun, but will do well in partial shade. The plant's watering requirements are average but care must be taken not to over water it. All parts of this plant are poisonous, a normal condition with all types of clematis. Clematis paniculata can also cause skin irritation to some if handled without gloves, and others may experience an allergic reaction to the plant. So it is not necessarily a plant for every garden.

The fact is, Clematis paniculata is one of those "love it or hate it” plants, as it has a reputation for being extremely invasive, and hard to get rid of once it gets out of control. Since it sows its seeds in the wind, getting out of control isn't particularly difficult. Some owners tell of having a constant battle to keep Clematis paniculata from taking over their yard, and taking over the neighborhood as well. Others say that their plant has been a good citizen, covering a trellis or a fence very nicely, and not showing up where it's not wanted.

Proceed With Caution - It's possible that the invasiveness of the plant could depend somewhat on the climate it is planted in, or possibly the soil conditions it is planted in. Before purchasing one of these plants, it may be well to find out if any have been planted in your vicinity, and what the results have been. You could end up with a lovely, very fragrant, and well behaved plant, or an obnoxiously invasive one, which can't be killed, and for good measure is poisonous. As one owner put it, "It was beautiful when it bloomed, and it smelled great. But the second year I discovered how invasive it was, taking over the trees and my yard. I find it popping up everywhere." You can be the judge.

Clematis Care - Most varieties of clematis are easy plants to grow and care for. If the size of your garden permits, you may want to grow several varieties, including Clematis paniculata, if you feel it will behave itself. Blooms of the different clematis varieties come in a wide assortment of colors and sizes, from reds and purples, to yellows, whites, and blues. A clematis prefers moist soil, but take care not let the roots stand in water. Most varieties are drought tolerant when mature, though will perform best when given frequent, periodic watering. The roots of all varieties need to be protected from the direct rays of the sun, and can be protected with a mulch, or simply protected by placing some flat stones around the base of the plant. The climbing varieties of clematis, like Clematis paniculata, will usually have portions of the roots partially exposed, so giving the roots protection from the direct sun is very important. The roots will be somewhat better protected if planted in shade rather than direct sun, but if the shade is too deep, the stems may be weaker than would be the case when the plant is allowed to enjoy full sun. After the blooming season is over, and the leaves have begun to turn, a clematis can pruned back to the ground. Because of the invasive nature of Clematis paniculata, it's best to remove the spent blooms before seed pods are allowed to develop.



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