Sweet Autumn Clematis, Japanese Clematis, Sweet Autumn Virginsbower
Autumn Clematis is a non-native invasive vine that has spread through much of Virginia. It is a member of the buttercup family and is native to Japan and China; it was introduced into the United States during the late 1800s as an ornamental plant. The blooming period occurs from late summer into the autumn. If given support, this vigorous, deciduous, twining vine will quickly climb up to 25 feet. Without support, it will form dense tangles along the ground. It prefers sun to partial shade, and it will invade forest edges, rights of ways, and urban green space, especially near creeks. A native clematis species called Woodbine (Clematis virginiana) looks very similar, but it is not as prone to self-seeding and spreading. The name "clematis" comes from a Greek word for climbing plants.
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