Clematis Species, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Virgin's Bower, Japanese Clematis

Clematis terniflora

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: terniflora (ter-ni-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Clematis maximowicziana
Synonym:Clematis dioscoreifolia
Synonym:Clematis maximowicziana
Synonym:Clematis dioscoreifolia
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Late Mixed


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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 Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive


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:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Madison, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Weaver, Alabama

Woodland, Alabama

Little Rock, Arkansas

Malvern, Arkansas

Capistrano Beach, California

Fresno, California

Georgetown, California

Los Altos, California

Murrieta, California

Scotts Valley, California

Clifton, Colorado

Sterling, Colorado

Amston, Connecticut

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Norwalk, Connecticut

Dagsboro, Delaware

Bartow, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Fountain, Florida

Gainesville, Florida(2 reports)

New Port Richey, Florida

Ormond Beach, Florida

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Bethlehem, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Canton, Georgia

Evans, Georgia

Gibson, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Madison, Georgia

Roopville, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Bloomington, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois(2 reports)

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois

Divernon, Illinois

Jacksonville, Illinois

Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Lincoln, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Madison, Illinois

Maroa, Illinois

Morris, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Bloomington, Indiana(2 reports)

Bremen, Indiana

Chesterton, Indiana

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Patriot, Indiana

South Bend, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Keokuk, Iowa

Mason City, Iowa

Andover, Kansas

Clay Center, Kansas

Derby, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky(2 reports)

Louisville, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Covington, Louisiana

Independence, Louisiana

Pollock, Louisiana

Springfield, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Gardiner, Maine

Garrett Park, Maryland

Attleboro, Massachusetts

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Danvers, Massachusetts

Dracut, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Marblehead, Massachusetts

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Milton, Massachusetts

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Quincy, Massachusetts

Reading, Massachusetts

Wayland, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Canton, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Delton, Michigan

East Tawas, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Milaca, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rochester, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Wyoming, Minnesota

Byhalia, Mississippi

Marietta, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Mccomb, Mississippi

Starkville, Mississippi

Bates City, Missouri

Jackson, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Central City, Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska(2 reports)

Omaha, Nebraska

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Brick, New Jersey

Howell, New Jersey

Marlton, New Jersey

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Neptune, New Jersey

Plainsboro, New Jersey

Woodbury, New Jersey

Binghamton, New York

Brooklyn, New York

Clifton Park, New York

Croton On Hudson, New York

Glen Cove, New York

Sag Harbor, New York

Southold, New York

West Sayville, New York

Clayton, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Greenville, North Carolina

Henderson, North Carolina

Highlands, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Akron, Ohio

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio(2 reports)

Columbus, Ohio

Conneaut, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Dublin, Ohio

Fort Jennings, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Middlefield, Ohio

Portsmouth, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Saint Marys, Ohio

Xenia, Ohio

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma

Purcell, Oklahoma

Brookings, Oregon

Harbor, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Roseburg, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania

Monongahela, Pennsylvania

New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Providence, Rhode Island

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Catawba, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Hartsville, South Carolina

Laurens, South Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Broaddus, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Corsicana, Texas

Dallas, Texas(2 reports)

Del Valle, Texas

Ennis, Texas

Fate, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Houston, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rockwall, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Stinnett, Texas

Clifton, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia

Stafford, Virginia

Stephenson, Virginia

Camas, Washington

Indianola, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Eglon, West Virginia

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Ripon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 17, 2019, pastapicker from Columbus, OH wrote:

It doesn't matter if you love it, or if you keep it pruned and "under control" in your garden -- it is highly, aggressively invasive into natural areas and should not be planted. There are very similar and benign alternatives available, such as the native clematis virginiana.
Pay attention to what you are buying or already have, and make sure it is not clematis terniflora


On May 5, 2018, SecretMonkey from Salisbury, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Monsterously invasive. Add my name to those who hate this plant. It crops up every darn where, spraying it just feeds it's insatiable hunger and its still keeps coming up and strangling my other plants. Its just plain ugly unless its in bloom. Smells okay, so many other vines smell better, the seed pods are so-so. If you want a clematis that grows large get an "Apple Blossom" but unless you want to find these horrible vines all over your yard and gardens, don't get this one!


On Jan 29, 2017, Coco7 from Marblehead, MA wrote:

I thought clematis was a long living plant. My three Autumn Clematis that are 7-10 years old just did nothing last summer. They did not even appear. They were strong year after year, until last summer. It was a dry summer, but I watered regularly. Every thing else near it acted normally. I always prune it very hard in April. We live in Marblehead, MA (zone 5) and all I can think of is that the winter before (2015) was particularly long with lots of snow. I am already considering what to put in its place this spring. I do not care about invasiveness, to me a vigorous grower is a good thing.
Will they bounce back?


On Oct 10, 2016, nonenmac from Marcellus, NY wrote:

In New York State, Clematis terniflora is listed as Highly Invasive, and it is on the state's Regulated Invasive Species list, which means that "no person shall knowingly introduce into a free-living state or introduce by a means that one knew or should have known would lead to the introduction into a free-living state any regulated invasive species, although such species shall be legal to possess, sell, buy, propagate and transport."


On Aug 12, 2016, Eravette from New Tripoli, PA wrote:

Here in eastern Pennsylvania, clematis virginianus is an incredibly invasive nuisance. It's not the seed so much as the fact it grows from underground roots - and it spreads EVERYWHERE. I'm having to dig it out by the roots, but if you miss even a little bit of it, you have to start all over again. I am a rabid hater of Monsanto's Round-up, and there are only about three plants I will use it on, one being poison ivy, also in incredibly invasive nuisance around here. I hate to say it, but clematis v. is another one of them. And I admit, the flowers are really pretty - like a white cloud of blossoms, but dear heaven, they are invasive. I'm talking about the variety with the grape vine shaped leaves - not the one with the smooth, ovate leaves. I have come to really, really HATE wild clematis.... read more


On Apr 3, 2015, Dorchid from Fresno, CA wrote:

DO NOT PLANT THIS!! Yes, it is beautiful cascading over a fence, and yes, it smells nice, but it is incredibly, horribly invasive. I'm talking, out-of-control-it's-now-on-every-side-of-my-property-in-increasing-numbers-self-sows-readily-roots-are-tough-to-dig-out invasive.

The previous owner planted it (one!) along the back fence, and I had no idea...four years later, it's everywhere, goodness knows how many seedlings are around now, but they are a bear to dig out. It also seems to be one of those that comes back stronger if you don't dig it out by the root.

Run away from this plant!


On Feb 1, 2015, rosepetal2 from Danvers, MA wrote:

For those of us who experience cold winters with freezing temps, Sweet Autumn Clematis is a welcome addition to the garden, our winter months seem to hold this vine in check. I planted 5 plants along the cedar fence bordering a 30x40' park pad just off the rear of our home. By adding 2' lattice cantilevered along the top of the fence serving the ternifolora vine a perch to bask in the sun. Each spring I hard prune only the portions of the vine resting on the lattice. In late summer it's sheer joy to return home at the end of the day and take in the beauty of this vine and smell the sweet wafting vanilla fragrance of this lovely vine. I've now bought several Sweet Summer Love Clematis USPP 24,044, Can PBRAF a cousin of Sweet Autumn Clematis that blooms earlier, longer and in rich cranb... read more


On Oct 15, 2014, Desirai from Glencoe, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A lot of people are posting how horrible this plant is, but that is to be expected from a VINE. If you do not keep it in check, YES it will devour your entire yard. But if you do keep it pruned and contained, it is very beautiful. I personally enjoy this plant, and so do the birds. Our birds build nests inside the vine that has climbed up a telephone pole. We have not found this plant growing anywhere else in the yard. It stays right where it was planted.

However, this year it did eat a lawn chair.


On Jun 20, 2014, grdnut2 from Maroa, IL wrote:

We purchased 2 of these vines after seeing them in full bloom in our small town. Didn't research but wish we had because after the first 2 years of enjoying it's fall bloom, it became invasive! Starts are popping up and vining around everything nearby. Now the time has finally come to part with it and the trunk, yes it's like a tree, is huge and will have to be dug out. The best way to enjoy this plant is to watch it grow in someone else's yard. Grown in zone 5.


On Feb 13, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is pretty; however it is very fast and rampant growing. It does make a lot of seed and lots of seedlings all around and it is hard to dig those seedlings out. I have a few spots at a property I take care of where I have to constantly weed out this wildly-growing Clematis, Bindweed, and Black Nightshade out of the shrubs. The native of eastern North America known as Virgin's-bower (Clematis virginiana) is a very similar plant that is not so wild and normally is dioecious, having separate male and female plants, so one plant won't make lots of babies.


On Feb 9, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Self-sows aggressively. The scent is hawthorn-like, with the fishy overtones, not at all pleasant to my nose. Unlike most clematis, the foliage grows thickly enough to smother the trees and shrubs it climbs on.

I much prefer Clematis 'Paul Farges' (SUMMER SNOW), which has a similar garden effect and is also fragrant, but blooms for a much longer season and doesn't self-sow. It grows just as tall but is less smothering, and can be grown up small trees and large shrubs without harming them.

Clematis terniflora has also been found invading natural habitat in eastern North America, and has become a plant of concern among organizations responsible for maintaining natural areas in the east.

According to BONAP, it has naturalized in 33 states and Ontar... read more


On Sep 24, 2013, tsemple from Broken Arrow, OK wrote:

I made the horrible mistake of planting this nasty plant on an arbor about four years ago. It bloomed beautifully. The next year I had it sprouting (from seed) over my entire yard which is 80% garden. Unfortunately, they mostly aren't noticed until they have grown up inside a shrub or plant. If you pull them, they break off at the ground, then grow right back. It's always windy in Oklahoma, so using a spray herbicide is iffy most days, because of the danger of killing desirable plants. This weed makes me crazy and if you value your sanity, do NOT plant it. Invasive is much too nice a term for it.


On Jul 27, 2013, Arthur55 from Decatur, IL wrote:

Horridly invasive! I HATE this plant! It does not yet grow on our property because I regularly help a neighbor attempt to control it on their property! I saw some in a semi-wild woodland near here, so I will ask if I may go in and remove it -- a big job because of deep roots!
It can cover and smother shrubs, small trees, anything! I am in central Illinois and we hear that areas north of here are now finding it to be more invasive there than it used to be, as the climate warms.
Do NOT plant this hideous invasive!! Your neighbors (and your other plants) will never forgive you!


On Jun 3, 2013, esanita from Tyaskin, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Never, ever grow clematis terniflora. It is listed as a introduced non-native invasive in every invasive list found. It is a Japanese plant, imported here. There is a tremendous difference between clematis terniflora and our native clematis virginiana. The best explanation/description I've read is at:

This is a short, but very clear description with pictures of the difference between the two. Please read it. The main way to differentiate between the two is that our native virginiana has trifoliate leaves with toothed margins. The invasive terniflora has rounded and unto... read more


On Dec 21, 2012, BarbaraParis from Comerio, PR (Zone 11) wrote:

Believe it or not this clematis bloomed here in zone 12 (Puerto Rico) .... I was very impressed when I saw it. I was not expecting this plant to bloom here in full sun. The flowers are beautiful. I am going to upload a photo.


On Sep 11, 2012, warnock31510 from gibson, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

August in the Augusta, GA is usually at the end of the summer annual's show of bloom but much too early for fall blooming annuals. Sweet Autumn is always a delightful surprise as it often goes unnoticed until it blooms.


On Sep 5, 2012, pirateradio from Waynesboro, PA wrote:

In a nearby yard, a fall-blooming clematis has spread everywhere...half-way up large blue spruces, into apple trees, covering forsythia bushes, etc. About 400' away, I've spotted several different vines growing on the edge of dense woods, climbing about 20' up the trees. About 1000' in a different direction, I've spotted at least one more, also growing in the woods. These all appear to have their origins from the first property, so I'd consider this plant to be extremely invasive.


On May 27, 2012, GardenWitch0872 from Brick Township, NJ wrote:

I have never myself grown this plant, but I lived for two years in Ocean Grove, NJ, where it was everywhere. Everyone who grew it loved it. It was usually seen growing over bowers, fences, and archways. Perhaps it was easy to control because there are few open areas in "The Grove", and also because so many people who live there are avid gardeners. I want one for my current property, and am willing to do the work it will take in order to have their awesomely scented flowers every year.


On Mar 29, 2012, MommaD55 from Royal Oak, MI wrote:

This just showed up one year at out house on the east side of Detroit. Was not planted by me, the lady that lived in the house, the guy that bought it to fix up, or the next owner. Absolutely LOVED it right from the start. Took me about 10 years to find out what it is. It has, to my knowledge, never migrated. In fact, I'm on this sight to find out how to transfer it to my house in Royal Oak. I haven't been able to get it to grow from seed or from cuttings.


On Mar 29, 2012, Naturalist1 from Glendale, MO wrote:

I too joined this forum for the sole purpose of discouraging propagation of this extremely invasive nuisance. I never planted it, but this vine pops up everywhere, invading not only my property but a park and entire valley, impossible to eradicate. Sales of it should be banned. DO NOT PLANT!


On Feb 27, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Gorgeous, but spreads a bit freely. Blooms September - October in my garden.


On Aug 24, 2011, catmum10b from Salem, NH wrote:

My first attempt with Sweet Autumn Clematis was quite successful. The plant came back stronger every year for 4 yrs. then died. I replanted and it only lasted 2 years. I garden in Zone 5 so It should have survived. I have approx. 20 different Clematis on my property so I know its not me! I'm not sure I'll try a third time.


On Aug 16, 2011, kmm44 from Dayton, OH wrote:

I've had this plant in three locations for years and it has not been invasive. It migrated once, but I gave one of the babies to my daughter and moved the other one to another trellis on my garage wall. It was originally on the neighbor's chainlink fence, but I could never get enough roots dug up to transplant it from there, so I bought one at Loew's and put it next to my mailbox. After I got a new mailbox, I put up a trellis behind it and moved the plant over. The original one covered my old ugly mailbox, which was nice, but I worried about the mailman getting stung by the bees. Now I train the plant to stay behind the box as much as possible. I brought a start up to my lake house and it grows on a trellis near my deck and hasn't moved at all.
I also have milkweed vine which g... read more


On Aug 15, 2011, altoclef from Los Altos, CA wrote:

The plant has been in the ground for 4 years. It has bloomed once, 2 or 3 blossoms, which were fragrant. At this moment, the middle of August there is no hint of blossoming. It has not been invasive, although it grows quite well. Nice leaves.


On Aug 15, 2011, huntnlabs from Xenia, OH wrote:

I planted Sweet Autumn Clematis in each corner flower bed I have in the back yard. I made cylinder "cages" out of what we call hog wire and staked them on 6' T posts about 2' above the ground to allow me to weed underneath. I have 4 cages about 3' in dia. for each plant to cover. I've cut it down to just 1.5 foot stalks and by mid to late summer they have covered all the cages. The blooms are beautiful and make a good show when almost all the other flowers in my beds have exausted their blooms. The clematis will reach out to my other flowers planted near by so I just keep cutting off the vines that are trying to attach to my other plants and cover them. Cutting and removing the old vines in early spring is a pretty lengthy job but ripping & cutting it off & out of my cages doesn't hurt it ... read more


On Aug 15, 2011, greenneck from Paoli, IN wrote:

Think long term - after the planter of this aggressive weed is gone, who will do the "regular pruning and weeding' suggested in this article?


On Apr 10, 2011, fairygothmom from Glen Cove, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This sprouted in my yard about five years back, having drifted in from a neighbor's yard. (Which is more than fair since my Common Milkweed is trying to take over the neighborhood.) I have two vines that come back every year. On the north side of my house, it grows happily on a fence that receives early morning and late afternoon sun but gets a bit of a break at the hottest parts of the day. This vine gets pruned back to near ground level every spring when I'm cutting down Asian bittersweet. (The first time was an accident, but it worked so well I've done it ever since.) In summer, the combination with Morning Glories and various milkweed is stunning, and my butterflies love it!

On the west, I have a vigorous sprout I've been trying to eradicate since I first saw it, because... read more


On Feb 20, 2011, JuliaDV from Bloomington, IN wrote:

Because of its beautiful fragrance, we allowed this volunteer to grow for 3-4 years, and now it is a completely invasive parasite. Would anyone have any advice about organic/biological/biodynamic ways of getting it to subside? Many thanks.


On May 31, 2010, EffieH from Amston, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I ordered a sweet autumn clematis about 15 years ago and planted it along our stockade fence -- it covered the whole fence and was absolutely gorgeous. I did not find it invasive at all here in Connecticut, as a matter of fact the whole vine seemed to grow from only a very few stems and a few years later when we fenced in the back yard for our dogs, they managed to kill it by breaking the few vines that it grew from. I tried once more to grow it there but it just couldn't take with all the activity in the yard -- I wish it were more invasive here because I would grow it all over the place and on every fence we have. So I just bought another one and am getting ready to put it in the front yard, where it won't be disturbed and we'll see what happens.

Update 2019: I've now ... read more


On Feb 15, 2010, beachwoman from South Kingstown, RI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Out of no where, Sweet Autumn Clematis volunteered to grow along the walls of our outdoor shower in South Kingstown, RI. By mid summer, the vines grow over the top and down the inside making for extremely beautiful, fragrant showers which last well into the fall! Quite the conversation piece! This will be our fifth summer enjoying Autumn Clematis and it has not become invasive at all. We've actually planted cuttings along the deck lattice. Great little vine!


On Nov 22, 2009, christmascactus wrote:

I always look forward to when mine blooms(Aug.-Oct.).
It smells wonderful. The scent reminds me of the old-time sweetheart soap. And the little white cotton colored flowers always put on a pretty display.


On Sep 29, 2009, bpharv68 from Baltimore, MD wrote:

This is highly invasive. My entire neighborhood is covered in this vine. In some places it is choking out the honeysuckle and English ivy. It spreads easily and has a long tap root that will re-leaf if not dug up entirely. I joined this forum just to say Do Not Plant This or your neighbors may come after you.


On Jun 22, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I planted one the year before last and last fall it really had done well but this year I had to replace it. It apparently froze out....So disappointed...Hope it doesn't do it this winter.


On Feb 25, 2009, marie_kap from Williamstown, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

This vine was here when I bought my house. Oh yes it was beautifull when it bloomed and it smelled great. But then the second year I found out how invasive it was. It was taking over the trees and my yard. I find it popping up everywhere. I have pulled and pulled it every year to get it out of the trees next to my yard. It reaches out and grabs the bushes I have planted along the edge of the yard. I hate this plant.


On Nov 8, 2008, lshields from Sag Harbor, NY wrote:

Fastest growing, quckest blooming, and least damaging vine compared to wisteria and trumpet vine. If you have a fence to hide, this is by far the best choice.


On Oct 15, 2008, Sunflower1888 from Manassas, VA wrote:

I love this vine. I first saw it blooming in Colonial Beach,VA. I was so taken by the fragrance I bought some for my yard. It lasted one season and died off. I did not disturb the area where it had been planted and maybe two growing seasons later I noticed a vine curling up my fence. I didn't think it was possible that it was the Sweet Autumn Clematis. Now , some years later, it is covering the fence and easily 20' feet up into my Sycamore tree. It blooms profusely and perfumes that entire corner of the yard. I am thrilled, to say the least. It is vigorous but not invasive.


On Sep 20, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I see this lovely plant every where but I can not get it to blossom in our yard. It gets some dappled sun almost all day. So I have not had the problem of it being invasive. I pruned it in the spring of '08 and it came back quit quickly. Still no flowers for me. Which is why I got it. I paid only 75 cents for the plant. Well worth the money.


On Jun 2, 2008, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have this plant at a low platform on my deck steps. I yanked it out (or so I thought) several years back. Then, last year, there it was in its prime blooming like crazy. It blooms amongst a pink baby rose bud bush. It looks very pretty. I have lots of beetles on it every August, but it doesn't seem to bother this vine. This spring, It was destroyed by repairing our deck. I kind of think it "will be back". I enjoy this vine, and it has a very limited area it can grow.


On May 14, 2008, Peaster from Montgomery, AL wrote:

Yes, Autumn Clematis can be/is invasive here in Montgomery, Al., but the fall showing is still worth it.

A number of years ago, I was doing the flowers for my son's wedding and wanted to use wild smilax. However, it was too early in the season (May) and the new growth smilax would not have held up as indoor decorations. Tried the Autumn Clematis and it worked great. Removed the tender new growth but the older, evergreen foliage held up great. Used it on trellises and foam core to create a room divider, pinned it to table skirts, etc. Guests were really impressed. Looked great in the photos, too.

Did hose the vines off after cutting to remove any unwanted bugs, etc.

Try it! You'll like it!


On May 12, 2008, dollycolwell from Greenville, NC wrote:

Although beautiful, lush, fragrant covering our "Lovers Kiosk" it is the MOST INVASIVE PLANT I HAVE EVER SEEN. It cmes up every where, in the shrubs, in the flower beds, and in the lawn. It would be a savings to just let it take over and mow - eliminating weed control and fertilizer.


On Nov 6, 2007, indianna from Bloomington, IN wrote:

Zone 6b Bloomington, IN. I bought this plant by mistake. I was trying to buy the native plant, C. virginiana, which is also called sweet autumn clematis. The plant was sold as C. paniculata not terniflora, a Japan native. The growth habit, and fragrance is similar to the C. virginiana. After buying the terniflora, I was given a slip of the virginiana from a friend (a hitchhiker with some asters that she gave me). The foliage of the terniflora is darker and more lush than that of the native. Both new transplants weathered our drought and placement in the horrible backfill clay around the house foundation, next to a new concrete drive, a hot rock wall, and still bloomed. I'm counting of them to screen many trash cans, my wheel barrow, and ugly utility area.


On Nov 5, 2007, drum2 from Chesterton, IN wrote:

I have this plant it is awesome I have a lot of people who love the smell and want to grow one, the only problem is mine does not have shoots ,so I cannot give any starts to those who want it.


On Oct 1, 2007, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I find this plant growing in protected wetlands in Maryland, roadsides, hedgerows, fences... Yet another non-native invasive, causing ecological damage to our countryside, for some "fragrance". Kudzu is fragrant, too.

It spreads by seeds, and the wind blows the seeds far and wide, so unless you deadhead every flower, "containing" this plant is a fantasy.


On Sep 8, 2007, tellam from Orange, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Summer of 2007 noticed this growing all around Orange, TX


On Sep 2, 2007, Snowrose from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lovely vine bearing dainty white lightly fragrant blossoms. I find this to be a hearty vigorous grower and fortunately so far it has stayed in place on the arbor with no tendency to be invasive after several years. Something nice to look forward to and enjoy at the end of summer.


On Jun 17, 2007, pepper23 from KC Metro area, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have this growing on an old clothes line pole and it has always done great for me. I hardly ever water it and it still thrives. I have never seen any volunteers from this plant. It grows where I have it and that is it. Not invasive here at all.


On May 11, 2007, greenbrain from Madison, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

This vine was growing on the chainlink fence when we moved in our home 18 years ago. At first I was impressed with the lovely fragrant flowers. That was before I discovered how invasive it was, so I didn't know not to let it set seed. I'm still trying to eliminate it from smoothering my desireable shrubs. It's a constant battle because it even comes up in the middle of the lawn. Cutting it back just seems to make it grown back stronger. You have to dig up the roots.

The previous owners had left so many invasive species growing in this yard; japanese honeysuckle, wild grapes, trumpet vine, star of bethlehem, and burmuda grass to name a few; they must have went for any plant that was "easy to grow and/or naturalizes".


On Dec 24, 2006, Sendone2me from Orlando, FL wrote:

I have this vine here in Orlando, Fl, and it was very pretty last summer. Some kind of bug did eat on it but not sure what kind it was. The blooms lasted about 1 month I guess. It died back and now is green again. I dont plan to cut it down.


On Aug 23, 2006, lovesdaylilies from Roopville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

this is a pretty vine with tons of white flowers in late summer. i found this in my yard and it is popping up everywhere.


On Jul 28, 2006, indiana_lily from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I had no clue what this was until just recently, when I stumbled across it on DG.
It does bloom profusely, and if you're not careful, it'll take over everything.
Early this spring, I had decided I did not want the vine anymore, so I pulled it all up -- or so I thought. LOL! It's now just as huge as it was this time last year. Maybe next spring I'll transplant it to the fence in the back and let it take over!


On Jun 8, 2006, galexand from Bloomington, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought my house in early May last year and the previous owner told me to put up a trellis in this one spot because some everlasting peas were about to shoot out of the ground. I went ahead and did that, and something shot out of the ground and covered the trellis and I was very impressed. Now this year I am a little bit more aware of what is growing, and I realize that some wind-blown Clematis seed from across the street stole the show. There are just a couple little pea flowers and stems poking out of the Clematis.

The Clematis is spread thoroughly throughout my yard, covering nearby fences and trees. It grows more than 3 inches a day and has completely strangled most of the nearby evergreens, kudzu style. It is even waging a successful war on my undisturbed grass la... read more


On Feb 19, 2006, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A beautiful clematis I absolutely love to grow!

It perches atop our chain link fence in the front yard,
adding beauty to an otherwise ugly necessity.

This clematis can become invasive when it is allowed to.
It doesn't grow like Kudzu overnight, it is permitted to get
out of control. Not a plant for lazy gardeners.

One drawback, at least in our area, are those dreaded
nasty clematis beetles.

Epicauta pennsylvanica, I shudder with fear!

Shiny, hard coated black beetles that can destroy every
bud and bloom on the plant in a short period of time.

When you see one beetle, you should act right then, not
wait a few days thinking you will take care of them
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On Dec 28, 2005, ScbNymph from Clifton Park, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Good growth in its first year and I am expecting even more from it next year. I have it growing around my front porch area where I'm hoping it will cover the front of the house each year! The fragrance around the front door is amazing while it is in bloom and the little white flowers are very pretty

It is a Group III Clematis which should be severely cut back every late winter / early spring as it blooms on new wood. Seed pods in the fall are PROLIFIC and I can understand why in some places it might be considered invasive. Definitely needs room to roam! Makes a nice groundcover

Keep roots shaded with mulch or another plant. Likes to be fed with a balanced fertilizer


On Oct 31, 2005, babytears from Indianola, WA wrote:

in the pacific northwest, this plant can be seen growing up into the evergreens and evokes the feel of spanish moss when the numerous seed heads turn gray in the fall.........i wouldn't want to battle it in my yard but it looks beautiful from afar...............even saw two ladies who cut down 20ft sprays in bloom to decorate a wedding arbor....perfect!!!


On Oct 15, 2005, sanity101 from Dublin, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very quick to establish (two years from a garden store twig to something over 8 ft tall and appropriately wide). The flowers are very pretty, and come at a good time, but I didn't notice any of the much lauded scent.


On Jul 28, 2005, florida_natives from Gainesville, FL wrote:

This plant is taking over an undistubed nature area near our house. Very interesting how all the native clematis that I grow in my yard are enjoyed by cats and bugs, yet this plant is never touched by anything: from my perspective a beautiful but worse than useless plant.


On Apr 4, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

I have had this vine trailing over the wooden fence in my alley for three years. When in bloom, it is so beautiful that my neighbors will stop their cars in the alley and get out to take a closer look. It dies back during freezes and I cut off the dead parts in late winter to control its size. I have not had problems with it being invasive, but I keep it trained to a trellis that is nailed to the fence. Excellent vine. With a little training and a good haircut in winter, it's a keeper.


On Oct 30, 2004, CharBurk from Delton, MI wrote:

A beautiful, vigerous, climbing plant. I was going to prune it this fall until I read that one person lets the winter birds nest in it. Great idea. I'm thinking that I can prune it in the spring and still have a great showing of flowers in the fall. I don't notice any seedlings or taking over of my yard in this zone 5 garden. CHAR


On Sep 3, 2004, FlowerLady2001 from Sandusky, MI wrote:

Here in the Thumb of Michigan, just a few miles inland from Lake Huron it thrives.
The birds love it, they nest in it all winter, eating the seeds through the cold weather months. We enjoy watching them going in at night and out in the morning. Covers an old wooden privacy fence. Smells wonderful too.
It is very, VERY Hearty!


On Sep 3, 2004, Starbaby01 from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

This is such a beauty to have in the garden. Many, many many tiny 4pointed white flowers. The fragrance is just beautiful. I have mine trained on a fence, a gate, a nearby forsithia (?) bush and a tree. There are so many blooms the entire area is snow white!!


On Aug 23, 2004, ncgardenaddict from Kannapolis, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Uh, this weekend I was at my father's house and saw a patch of this. At first my thought was - how neat a Clematis growing in the woods. Then I starting looking around - it is on 3 sides of his yard and literally taking over like kudzu - zone 7a. I could not believe it - he did not even notice it was there but it is most invasive in my zone.


On May 12, 2004, orcutro from Morrison, OK wrote:

In zone 6 it is a vigorous grower. I'm trying to find out it it is toxic to horses. My parents have a plant and I want to grow it on our fence but don't want to poison the horses. Does anyone know if it's toxic?


On May 8, 2004, bayouposte from Bossier City, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I do have to keep an eye on it, but it is well worth the effort for the profusion of flowers in the fall when there is less of interest in the garden. Have it growing on an old ladder, which it completely covered in about six months.


On May 7, 2004, ZaksGarden from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

This unique vine has added alot to my garden from my neighbors yard. She has planted 2 on the fence and it completely climbs throughout the whole fence. Beautiful light green leaves, and absolutely gorgeous white blooms in late summer-fall. I liked it so much I got one of my on to grow on the fence. Is an excellent climber, and actually makes for good privacy on a fenceline.


On Oct 16, 2003, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

My Clematis terniflora has never been invasive. As soon as the blooms fade, I cut the whole plant back to about 3 feet so it never sets seed. I also do a lot of pruning in the summer to keep it in bounds. The striped blister beetle loves this plant here in Missouri. It can be controlled by Sevin dust, but then that kills the swarms of bees that love the flowers, so I prefer to just cut off the vines and discard them after blooming instead of using poison.

This drastic cutting back never keeps my plant from performing well the next year. The fragrance of the flowers is so lovely and it fills the yard while in bloom.


On Oct 15, 2003, adairia from Tyler, TX wrote:

I live in zone 7, and Clematis terniflora is invasive here. I have to keep it from spreading all over the yard. I have never seen any insect, worm or bird eat any part of it.

I have been fighting its invasion of my yard for years, and I can't get rid of it. It would take over if I didn't thin it out often.


On Sep 27, 2003, nckathy1950 wrote:

This is a beautiful cover for fence or trellis. The blooms are wonderful and smell great, the seeds blow in the wind and grow where they fall.


On Jun 27, 2003, monsky from Lincoln, NE wrote:

This is a great clematis, it is fast growing and needs lots of room, I have it on the east side of my house and it does great with a half day of sun. I love the profuse blooms and fragrance! It doesnt require much care and gives lots in return!


On Jun 26, 2003, merilee from Plain City, OH wrote:

I get many volunteers from this plant. I highly recommend it to any gardener that has the energy to dig up and dispose of the unwanted every spring. It transplants very well if moved in the evening and kept shaded and watered for a few days. It will fully cover a large arbor by the second or third year. I dig them up and pot them and set them beside a large one growing on an arbor near the street and put a free sign on them and they go like hot cakes!


On Jun 9, 2003, Petsitterbarb from Claremore, OK wrote:

This is a VERY fast growing Clematis, and needs plenty of room to spread out! The fragrance is GREAT, and it's just breathtaking in full bloom. I have several, and I love 'em! The little silvery seed spirals are VERY unique, too!


On Apr 15, 2003, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Strong grower and mostly evergreen for me. Wonderfully scented tiny flowers late summer/early fall, followed by silverly seedpods.


On Aug 6, 2001, Cine from Lufkin, TX wrote:

Sweet Autumn Clematis provides profuse white blossoms from late summer to fall.