Clematis crispa L.
Swamp leatherflower, Curly clematis, Blue jasmine, Curlflower
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Synonym(s): Clematis crispa var. walteri, Coriflora crispa, Viorna crispa, Viorna crispa var. walteri, Viorna obliqua
USDA Symbol: CLCR
A climbing or weakly ascending herbaceous vine which can reach 10 ft. with support. Leaves are opposite, consisting of 2 pairs of leaflets. he pinnately compound, deciduous leaves have 3-5 linear to ovate leaflets. The mildly fragrant, pinkish purple flowers grow on a naked stem and hang upside down. They have no petals, but the petal-like sepals are joined in a way that gives them the shape of an urn. They separate into 4 petal-like lobes at the rim, where they are wavy and crimped, curling backward and to the side.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate
Size Notes: Normally climbs or trails 6 to 10 feet. Will lose its leaves in mild winters, die to the ground in harsh winters, then come back in the spring.
Flower: Flowers 1 to 2 inches
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Normally blooms mid-spring and again in early fall, but may bloom lightly through the summer as well. Color ranges from blue to pink to lavender to white.
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Chiefly Coastal Plain and Mississippi River valley from VA to FL & MS, n. to TN, AR, & s. IL, Zones 6 to 9
Native Habitat: Wet woods and marshes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rich, moist or wet, acidic soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Blooms ornamental. Twines on fences, screens, & other plants. Patio pot plant. Climbs walls, columns, and arbors. Without support, can be used to sprawl over low structures like steps or low walls.
Use Wildlife: Seeds-granivorous birds, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Cuttings , Seeds , Softwood Cuttings
Description: Take softwood cuttings in summer. Can also be propagated by seed or root cuttings.
Seed Treatment: A 60-180 day period of cold-moist stratification at 33-40 degrees aids in the germination of stored seeds.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 354 - Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country (1981) Lynch, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clematis crispa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clematis crispa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-10-24
Research By: TWC Staff