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CLEMATIS ochroleuca

Image of Clematis ochroleuca

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

CLEMATIS ochroleuca

Plant Common Name

Clematis, Curlyheads

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General Description

Just like blooming Virginia bluebells, curlyheads are a sign of spring's return. The nodding, urn- to bell-shaped flowers are the "curlyheads" of fame, but the ensuing seed head is an ornamental spectacle. This clump-forming herbaceous perennial is a rare native of the dry woodlands from southern New Jersey to northern Georgia. It often pops up over limestone rocks in sunny woodland openings.

The stems grow erect or partially flop; this is not a vining clematis species whatsoever. The hairy stems support large, tapering oval leaves that are sparsely hairy and a light green. In early spring, a stem rises above the foliage to bear a single, nodding flower that's shaped like an elongated, upside-down urn. The leather petal-like sepals are tan-beige to pale yellow, sometimes blushed with purple. Insects pollinate the flowers that then turn into a curious but pretty seed head. It's rounded and golden-tan, with hairy arms that look like a spider or curled grass seed head. The seed heads make this flowering perennial very ornamental heading into the summer months.

Grow curlyheads in non-acidic soils that are average to gritty in texture. They tolerate full sun to light shade, such as on the edge of a woodland. An evenly moist, but well-drained soil encourages the healthiest plants, but curlyheads are highly drought tolerant once established. Use this perennial in wildflower meadow or rockery, or in the drier, unirrigated edges of the woodland garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-15" / 20.3cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Tan, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Gold, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes