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Small Leaved Clematis
Clematis pauciflora
  
About Small Leaved Clematis (Clematis pauciflora) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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
Plant Type
Vine, Perennial herb

Size
Size
15 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

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

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 7 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils including sand and clay. Soil PH: 6.0 - 7.5

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Plant this vine near a large, openly branched shrub that it can climb up, such as Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Ceanothus sp., Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides or minutiflorus), Summer Holly (Comarostaphylis diversifolia ssp. diversifolia), Flannelbush (Fremontodendron sp.), Silk Tassel Bush (Garrya sp.), Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), Mallow (Malacothamnus sp.), Laurel Sumace (Malosma laurina), Hollyleaf Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), Scrub Oak (Quercus berberidifolia or xacutidens), and Mission Manzanita (Xylococcus bicolor)

Maintenance
Maintenance
Prune back excess growth in late summer or fall

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Chaparral slopes and canyons of southern California

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 4.0" - 32.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.22", Coldest Month: 39.5" - 58.8", Hottest Month: 63.5" - 87.5", Humidity: 0.99" - 38.31", Elevation: 1" - 6375"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Few-flowered Clematis, Hill Clematis, Ropevine Clematis, Small-leaved Clematis, Virgin's Bower


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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