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Wild clematis

Wild clematis

Wild clematis

(Clematis vitalba)

Priority: -  Contain

Tags: Terrestrial

Identification and Reproduction


  • Deciduous perennial, native to central and southern Europe
  • In the Ranunculaceae, or buttercup, family
  • Climbing vine, woody stems, can grow 20 to 30 metres long
  • New stems are dark purple to green, tightly twist around objects
  • White linear flowers turn to vigorous feathery seed heads which survive over winter


  • Typically produce flowers after third year
  • Can reproduce vegetatively by re-growing from cut stems,compound leaves each have 5 leaflets when mature
  • Leaves are oval, heart-shaped, or lance-shaped stringy bark that will rub off



Habitat & Ecology

  • As an invasive, found in and around forested areas, wet and riparian areas
  • Grow much faster than ivy
  • Seeds dispersed by wind, water, people, animals 



  • Chokes out native forest species by blocking sunlight,
  • Weighs down trees until they collapse or breaks branches, growing in dense mats over existing vegetation
  • Can cause dermatitis in people, and is poisonous to grazing animals


  • Chemical control may be effective
  • Remove from properties, do not introduce to new places, do not plant ornamentally, remove flowers before they go to seed 
  • Combine manual, chemical methods. Cut lower vines and dig up from ground. 
  • Plant out native groundcovers to compete