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Clematis vitalba
evergreen clematis, old-man's beard, traveler's-joy

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, also in scattered locations in eastern North America.

Habitat: Forest edge, hillsides, parks, wastelots, and other disturbed sites.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Introduced; native to Europe and Africa

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Strong, woody, climbing vine to 20 m. long.


Leaves pinnately compound with 5 narrowly to broadly ovate-cordate leaflets 3-6 cm. long, entire or shallowly 3-lobed.


Flowers perfect, in several-flowered bracteate panicles; sepals 4, creamy white, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 6-15 mm. long; petals none; stamens and pistils numerous.


Achenes hairy; styles persistent, 2.5-5 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Clematis vitalba L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 544. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clematis vitalba in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Clematis vitalba checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Clematis vitalba information.

E-Flora BC: Clematis vitalba atlas page.

CalPhotos: Clematis vitalba photos.

USDA Plants: Clematis vitalba information.

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