Clematis texensis (Scarlet Clematis)

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Also known as Scarlet Leatherflower, Texas Clematis.

Scarlet Clematis is a delicate vine with bell-shaped red flowers.  It blooms on new growth. Flowers are followed by feathery balls of plumed seeds. It blooms best with half a day of, preferably morning, sun. This is a very hardy and drought tolerant clematis that is native to the Edwards Plateau, where it grows along streams, on shady limestone ledges, or on rich bottomlands.

Scarlet Clematis is woody at the base but its stems are herbaceous, so it dies to the ground in the winter and blooms from new growth in the spring. Like all vining clematis, Scarlet Clematis needs a support for its twining leaf stalks, and likes to have its roots cool and shaded but its foliage in sunlight. It will do best in somewhat shaded, well-drained soil. Roots should be kept cool, shaded and uniformly moist. Prune back hard (to approximately 8-12” from the ground) to strong leaf buds.

Scarlet Clematis provides good architectural height and framework for small gardens. It can also be planted to sprawl over and through large shrubs or to scramble over rocks along paths.



Texas native Yes
Water use Low
Sun exposure Part sun to part shade
Bloom color Red
Bloom time Spring, summer
Mature height approx. 10 ft
Mature width 1-2 ft
Attracts Birds, bees




 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)