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Fremont's Leather Flower, Fremont's Crowsfoot
Clematis fremontii

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: fremontii (free-MON-tee-eye) (Info)
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Group:

Herbaceous

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

Single

Bell

Bloom Diameter:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Suitable for growing in containers

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pruning Groups:

Group 3 - Summer/Fall bloomers; prune hard in early spring

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Bensenville, Illinois

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Dittmer, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Sherwood, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Port Orchard, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 20, 2010, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Takes a few years to establish. The leaves on mature plants are quite impressive, large and firm. The flowers are dainty but very thick. Overall, it is a charming plant. Immature plants are much, much more lax with smaller, thinner leaves.- an important note for identifying seedlings.

Positive

On Apr 30, 2007, Rain1950 from (Zone 8a) wrote:

I purchased this last summer then discovered it's midwest U.S. habitat is threatened. This year as it began to sprout, I planted in a prepared bed. This clematis does not climb; forms an 18" mound. As of 04-30-07; it is showing color in the first buds.