Old man's beard

The wild clematis.
Common name : Old man's beard
Scientific name : Clematis vitalba
Family : Ranunculaceae
Category : Wild plants
Type of plant : Perennial
Clematis are great climbers, with sometimes deciduous foliage, which means that in the winter their leaves and their stems dry. They get into dormancy, and when spring comes, they produce new stems at a breathtaking rate, and then leaves and flowers, in search of anything to hang on to!

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 500 - 1000
pH 6 - 8

Identify my old man's beard

This plant is a spontaneous climbing plant with leaves composed of 5 to 9 leaflets. Confusion is possible with Clematis flammula, which has bipinnate leaves - the leaflets themselves have leaflets - and is dangerous on touch. Another possible confusion is with Clematis recta, which is not a climber and has an erect stem.

Plant my old man's beard

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my old man's beard

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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