How to Grow Vitalba Clematis

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Vitalba clematis, more commonly known as old man’s beard, is a vine that’s native to Africa, Europe and Asia. It flowers profusely throughout the growing season, producing small white blooms with yellow centers. The blooms are followed by feathery, white seed heads, which inspired the plant’s common name. Vitalba clematis grows quickly and can reach heights of up to 95 feet under ideal conditions. It thrives in almost any soil and is an ideal choice for heavily shaded areas.

Moderately Easy


things you’ll need:
  • Spade
  • Organic mulch
  • Pruning shears
    1. Pull up all weeds and grass from the planting area.
    2. Dig a hole 4 to 12 inches deep, depending upon the size of the plant’s root system. Place the roots into the planting hole at the same level they were growing before. Replace the loosened soil and tamp down firmly.
    3. Water until the soil feels very moist. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the vine’s base.
    4. Check the soil every two to three days during the first growing season. Water whenever the top inch of soil feels dry. Once established, water only during very dry weather.
    5. Cut all the way back to ground in early spring to encourage rapid, healthy growth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vitalba clematis is ideal for areas that require erosion control.

  • Do not plant vitalba clematis if you live in the northwestern United States, as it is considered an invasive species there.

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