Clematis pitcheri (Purple Clematis)

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Also known as Purple Leatherflower, Bluebill, Pitcher’s Clematis.

Purple Clematis is an herbaceous, perennial, twining vine that reaches approximately 10+ feet in length. It is a delicate vine that grows in moist woods, forest margins and stream banks.

Its stems are quite brittle, and break easily if handled. Purple Clematis does well on a trellis or can also twine through nearby shrubs for support, or simply be allowed to ramble across the ground. 

Its flowers are nodding, bell-shaped that range in color from purple to blue. The plant is fairly heat and drought-tolerant. This clematis blooms on new growth. The seeds are held in clusters and mature from light green or dark red to dark brown. They have slightly hairy tails that give the seedhead a spider-like appearance. The seedheads can persist into winter. The flowers are mainly visited by bumblebees.

Purple Clematis is best grown in evenly moist, well-draining soils in full sun to part shade. As is the case with a lot of vines, it prefers when the roots are in cool shade and the foliage is in the sun. Responds to regular watering, but will tolerate periods where it does not get consistent moisture. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including rocky and sandy soils, as long as adequate moisture and drainage is provided. This is the most cold hardy of Texas's native clematis, although its stems will die back each year, and return in the spring.

 

AT A GLANCE

Texas native Yes
Water use Medium
Sun exposure Sun to part shade
Bloom color Purple to dark red
Bloom time Summer
Mature height 10+ ft
Mature width 2-3 ft
Attracts Birds, bees

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 Present in state
 Present in county and native
 Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state         
 Not present in state
 Present and rare, native in county
 Previously present, now extinct
 Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)