Go Back Sweet Autumn Clematis

Clematis terniflora
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Plant Type: Clematis

A small flowered variety. Foliage is completely covered by masses of 1/2"-1" sweetly scented, creamy white blooms in September and October. Foliage is evergreen in southern climates.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Clematis can be grown in full sun or light shade, but its base and roots must be completely shaded. You may need to plant a small shrub or large perennial directly in front of its rootball to keep it cool and shaded. Small-flowered clematis do not need to be pruned regularly. Only when they grow too large for their space should they be cut back. Though their growth habit makes them difficult to prune, it can be done in late winter or early spring. All shoots can be cut back to the previous year's wood, just above the base of the plant. This pruning is necessary to avoid getting a bare stem with a thick tangle above it. The spring flowers will be eliminated for that year, but the late summer flowers should still be produced. Alternatively, if you don't want to cut the entire plant back all at once, pruning can be done in stages over a period of 3 years. Each year, prune back 1/3 of the stems to 6-9 inches above a couple of well-developed buds.

Flower Color

Creamy white

Foliage Color


Plant Spread

Good Companions

Aster-New England (Aster novae-angliae), Bee Balm (Monarda ), Coneflower-Purple (Echinacea purpurea), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), Phlox-Tall Garden (Phlox paniculata), Rose Mallow (Hibiscus ), Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum), Speedwell-Spike (Veronica spicata)

Plant Height

10-30 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Fragrant flowers, Climbing, Specimen, Cut flower or foliage, Border

Bloom Time


Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant


Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests