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Clematis tangutica

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: tangutica (tan-GOO-tik-uh) (Info)

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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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)

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Shape:

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

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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Pruning Groups:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral pookha On Sep 6, 2013, pookha from edmonton
Canada wrote:

It is on the Alberta Invasive Plants Council list

Neutral Laurette6669 On Oct 7, 2008, Laurette6669 from (Hanmer) Sudbury, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:

This vine grows wild here in Northern Ontario, I had harvested some seeds because I thought it was very unique. Hoping to grow some on my chainlink fence, should be interesting.

Positive kareoke On Nov 3, 2004, kareoke from Greensburg, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The plant grew, and spread nicely along my patio, it flowered heavily, and I was able to gather seeds ,cutting away the very long fuzzy growth,and rubbing the seeds out, seeds are very tiney.

Neutral llebpmac_bob On Jul 9, 2004, llebpmac_bob from Zephyr
Canada wrote:

Disappointing flower size. I knew I was not to expect something the size of the hybrid clematis we all grow, but these are almost unnoticable. I'm sure that by the time it covers most of the barn wall it will be much more effective, but right now it's not contributing much.

Positive hallowsend On Jun 17, 2004, hallowsend from Rawdon, QC (Zone 4a) wrote:

Grew easily and well from seed, though few flowers first year in Rawdon, Quebec.

Positive MikeS On Nov 15, 2002, MikeS wrote:

Very hardy and worthwhile plant for cold regions. Thrives in
3b and, I'm told. in Whitehorse, Yukon. To keep tidy may be pruned back hard in Fall or left to ramble through supports or small trees where the globular seed heads are an attractive feature. Or try a combination of both for early and later flower. Seeds readily but should be transplanted at two leaf stage. Tolerates neglect.

Neutral Crimson On Oct 27, 2001, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Deep yellow, almost the colour and texture of lemon peel flowers in summer. A vigorous climber with hundreds of blooms on a mature vine, will thrive in a northern situation. Ordinary soil preferably with their roots in shade and the rest of the plant in sun. Flowers summer to autumn.

Neutral Starzz On Sep 8, 2001, Starzz from Newcastle, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Height..has grown to 20ft over my gazebo in four years.

Neutral Evert On Aug 10, 2001, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Also known as Golden Clematis and Chinese Yellow Clematis.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Big Delta, Alaska
Richmond, California
San Leandro, California
Peyton, Colorado
Boise, Idaho
Greensburg, Indiana
Lakeville, Massachusetts
Central City, Nebraska
Pequannock, New Jersey
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Walterville, Oregon
Rapid City, South Dakota
Oroville, Washington
Porterfield, Wisconsin

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