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Mountain Clematis, Goat's-Beard

Clematis aristata

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: aristata (a-ris-TAH-tuh) (Info)
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Evergreen (incl. Rockery)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:


Bloom Diameter:

Small - less than 2 inches (5 cm)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

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Pruning Groups:

Group 1 - Spring bloomers; no pruning

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Takoma Park, Maryland

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 31, 2008, lonibones from Takoma Park, MD wrote:

This is a vigorous and somewhat invasive vine in my yard. It sets large canoe shaped seed pods that open into fluffy flying seeds that seem to sprout wherever they land. I have it on both my front fence where it gets huge amounts of heat and sun and at the gate near my front steps where it is shaded by a large Pine it tries to climb every chance it gets. I get lots of compliments on it from passersby when it blooms but it is difficult to keep in check, I am constantly pruning it back hard all season yanking it up by the roots and yet it rallies again fast and furious! Good only to cover ugly chain link fence I think or in a tub or someplace where you can control the roots.


On Jul 1, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is one of Australia's native Clematis species and is quite common in South-Eastern Australia. It grows well in Morwell National Park, which it shares with another very similar species Clematis glycinoides. Glycinoides has shiny green leaves without teeth, whereas aristata has mat leaves with several marginal teeth. The flowers are almost indistinguishable. It can climb to quite a height and the masses of white flowers are a real picture in the spring. I have successfully grown them from seed for local revegetation projects, but have not yet establsihed one in my garden.