A member of the buttercup family, autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora) is a flowering deciduous vine that hails from Japan. The plant is commonly cultivated as a low-maintenance garden or trellis plant.
Autumn clematis is a semi-woody vine that may grow up to 30 feet long, producing stiff, dark green leaves topped with fragrant, star-shaped white flowers. Flowers begin appearing in summer and continue into autumn.
Autumn clematis prefers to grow with its roots in the shade and its foliage and flowers in the sun. Mulch the soil to retain moisture, and water frequently during the summer.
Autumn clematis is an extremely aggressive grower that can become invasive in some climates. Check an invasive-species list for your state before cultivating the plant. The vine may also experience diseases such as powdery mildew and fungal spots.