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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)
Synonym:Clematis atragenoides
Synonym:Clematis chrysantha
Synonym:Clematis eriopoda
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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

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Pruning Groups:

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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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Anchorage, Alaska

Big Delta, Alaska

Delta Junction, Alaska

Dot Lake, Alaska

Dot Lake Village, Alaska

Dry Creek, Alaska

Paxson, Alaska

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Peyton, Colorado

Boise, Idaho

Greensburg, Indiana

Lakeville, Massachusetts

Central City, Nebraska

Pequannock, New Jersey

Santa Fe, New Mexico



Rapid City, South Dakota

Olympia, Washington

Oroville, Washington

Porterfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

It is on the Alberta Invasive Plants Council list


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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

Also known as Golden Clematis and Chinese Yellow Clematis.