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Clematis vitalba - Old Man's Beard

Clematis vitalba is a wild plant in some European regions. This clematis has discrete white star shapes flowers but it is an incredibly vigorous and healthy plant that develops giant lianas, wich makes it very interesting for building greening. Its used as a leafy, robust and dryness-resistant plant for high greening projects, that can be used for beton facades or masts. Clematis vitalba provides interesting contrasts in a "designed" and technical environment. >>> Price.

Flowers of clematis vitalba (wild form)

Requirements / Price

The location can be shaded to sunny, the soil should be humose and well drained. The plant is very heat resistant and watering is not necessary. The distance between plants should be 3 to 5 meters. >>> Price.

Caracteristics and Pruning

Leaf stem twiner. Incredibly strong growth, up to 12 meters in height or more, the shoots can easily hang over. The foliage lasts from May to October, the flowers are not the most impressive but the flowering may last from July well into late autumn. The seeds are beautiful and filigree and are the origin of this clematis common name: old mans beard. The clematis must be cut down to 20 - 60 cm above the ground at the end of the year. When greening a taller facade, keep the trunk intact but thin out the shoots every year. These forest vines are absolutely healthy and also very dry resistant!

Wire rope trellis for clematis

The trellis should be shaped as a grid with 30 to 50 cm meshes: the table at the bottom of the page lists suitable trellis shapes for clematis vitalba. The mesh can be larger when building a trunk that is kept for several years. The "Basic" design is strong enough but the medium design allows for optimal development. For high trellises, use a heavy / massive trellis kit.

Suitable wire rope trellis?

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Clematis vitalba - a real jungle liana!

Truncs just like a jungle liana...

Travellers joy in a street next to an office building

Clematis vitalba on an office building

Clematis vitalba with shoots hanging over a retaining wall

Clematis vitalba with hanging shoots

Clematis vitalba on steel wire rope

12 meters high clematis vitalba

Wall greening with clematis vitalba on a supermarket

Super market wall greened with cleamtis vitalba

Clematis vitalba growing on a mast. The supporting steel trellises are installed only up to the half of the masts height to avoid having the shoots reach the electric wires at the top.

Greened up mast with clematis vitalba (Saxony)

Suitable wire rope trellises for clematis vitalba

Please click on the graphics to see a detailed view of each design!

 = suitable         = partly suitable       = not suitable