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Clematis pauciflora

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About Small Leaved Clematis (Clematis pauciflora) Clematis pauciflora is a species in the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) family known by the common name Small Leaved Clematis. This flowering plant is native to the chaparral slopes of southern California and Baja California, from the coast to the high desert. It is a woody vine with nodes every few centimeters which produce leaves and flowers. The leaves are made up of several dark green lobed leaflets, each one to three centimeters wide. From each leaf-bearing node grows a flower cluster of one to three flowers with narrow petal-like sepals in shades of light yellow. Most of the flower is made up of a spray of up to 50 stamens and almost as many similar-looking pistils. The fruit is an achene equipped with a long plumelike style. This plant is usually found growing up through larger chaparral shrubs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Vine, Perennial herb

Max. Width
15 ft (4.6 m)


Growth Rate

Summer Semi-Deciduous

Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Chaparral slopes and canyons of southern California

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
1' - 6375'

Annual Precip. ?
4.0" - 32.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.22"

Coldest Month ?
39.5° F - 58.8° F

Hottest Month ?
63.5° F - 87.5° F

Humidity ?
0.99 vpd - 38.31 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils including sand and clay

Soil PH
6.0 - 7.5

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22*, 23*, 24*

Wildlife Attracted
Numerous insects including bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Prune back excess growth in late summer or fall

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Ropevine Clematis

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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