Clematis recta 'Purpurea'
Common Name: clematis 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Ranunculaceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Deer, Black Walnut


Easily grown in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Roots should be kept cool, shaded and uniformly moist.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This ground clematis can be trained to climb, but is usually left alone to crawl along the ground as the common name suggests. Produces abundant masses of small (3/4" diameter), fragrant, white fringed flowers in late spring to early summer. Flowers are followed by silvery seed heads. General appearance of flower mass is reminiscent of Clematis terniflora. Foliage of this cultivar is an attractive purple.


No serious insect or disease problems. Needs support if it is to be grown in an erect, more vine-like or shrubby form.


Grow in the border with some support or training, or allow it to crawl along the ground in wild gardens, meadows or other areas where it will not interfere with other perennials.