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Clematis texensis (Texensis Group)

Scarlet Clematis, Scarlet Leatherflower, Texas Clematis


Native to Texas, Clematis texensis (Scarlet Clematis) is a small-flowered climber boasting masses of distinctive, deep red to orange red, tulip-shaped flowers, 1-3 in. wide (2-7 cm). Blooming from mid summer to early fall, each flower bears 4 delicately twisted tepals with creamy yellow or pink-red inner sides. Blooming profusely over a very long season, Scarlet Clematis has a handsome foliage of blue-green leaves divided into 3-5 heart-shaped leaflets. Vigorous and floriferous, Scarlet Clematis has been crossed with other clematis strains resulting in a large number of attractive hybrids with tulip-shaped flowers.

  • Grows up to 10-15 ft. long (300-450 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in moist, well-drained soils, in full sun or part shade. Ideally, Clematis prefer having their 'heads in the sun and their feet in the shade'. Keep the roots cool and shaded by other plants or add a layer of pebbles or flat stones at the base.
  • This Clematis belongs to the third group of Clematis - a group including Clematis which flower in late summer on growth made in that season. They should be pruned in late winter or early spring and require 'hard pruning': simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds about 1ft. (30 cm) above ground level before growth begins in early spring.
  • As climbers, Clematis are unsurpassed in their long flowering presence, their rich diversity of flower shapes, their wide array of colors and tolerances in terms of exposure and climate. It is no wonder they are so popular! From tree huggers to container varieties, there is a Clematis for every garden and flowers for almost every month of the year! Members of the Ranunculaceae family, they include more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids. They create year after year a ravishing colorful show in the garden whether solely trained on walls, arbors or trellises, or grown in association with other climbers. They are divided into 3 groups which determine how they should be pruned. Regular pruning of Clematis is important as it promotes strong growth and flowering as well as a harmonious plant. If left unpruned, Clematis can turn into a mass of tangled stems with a bare base and flowers well above eye level.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Texas
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Clematis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Texas
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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