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PlantFiles: Clematis
Clematis recta 'Purpurea'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: recta (REK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Purpurea

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)
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:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Shape:

Bloom Diameter:
Small - less than 2 inches (5 cm)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MaryArneson On Dec 16, 2013, MaryArneson from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

This small-flowered white clematis has been growing in my Minneapolis garden for long enough that I can't recall where it came from, and I had a hard time finding its identity. It self seeds but hasn't been excessively invasive. If given a little support, it stands about three feet high. Otherwise, it just lies across the ground and blooms equally well. The flowers and leaves twine around each other but can be untangled easily to allow cutting for bouquets. It's a rugged plant that isn't killed by the very heavy dog traffic along our street or by extremes of cold or underwatering. The flowers look almost exactly like paniculata but the bloom time is much earlier. I have never noticed any fragrance.

Neutral saya On Apr 24, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

The young leaves and stems are purple and aging to midgreen further in its flowering season. This clematis is a non-clinging perennial with terminal clusters of starry white flowers and needs a hold to stand 'll flopp otherwise. Letting it sprawl as a ground cover is another option. Cut back after bloom for another round of flowers. I 've found the clematis recta that I 've grown not that fragnant as told...I 'ld rate it as only slightly fragnant.
The fresh sap of clematis recta can be irritating on the skin and is, if swallowed, poisonous.. because it can cause inflammation at stomach and intestines. It is used in homoeopathy as a medicine.


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

Sarasota, Florida
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Geneseo, New York
Calabash, North Carolina
Sherwood, Oregon
Olympia, Washington

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