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Pisapia, Robert J.
Clematis lasiantha Nutt.
Pipestem clematis, Pipestems, Chaparral clematis
USDA Symbol: clla3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A strong, woody climber to 20 ft. or more. Bears few-flowered clusters of creamy-white blossoms on the upper portions of the plant. These are followed by light-catching, silky seed plumes. Deciduous leaves are pinnately compound with 3 leaflets.
Clematis lasiantha, with its cheery white-and-yellow spring flowers and decorative, silky seed plumes in summer, is a member of the buttercup family (family Ranunculaceae). A widely adaptable, tough, and disease-resistant plant, it is a good choice for native plant gardens within its range, which is from north-central California south into Baja California. It can climb to 20 feet and can take light shade or full sun. It is deciduous and may die back completely in cold winters, but will reemerge in the spring. It does well in normal garden conditions. It is less widespread, more delicate, and less vigorous than the related Clematis ligusticifolia.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Creamy white with brighter yellow center
CA Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges and Sierra foothills of CA south into Baja California. Native Habitat:
Woods and shrubby areas in canyons and near streams USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Well-drained soils of decomposed granite, sand, or clay loam, pH 5 to 8, rich or with minimal organic content.
Conditions Comments: In very dry, hot areas, provide afternoon shade and mulch to keep the roots cool.
Showy flowers and seed plumes Use Wildlife:
Attracts butterflies Warning:
Some members of the Clematis genus
are poisonous, and animals have become ill after grazing on the plants. Humans should generally avoid ingesting plants that are toxic to animals. Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies Nectar Source:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagation by seed is possible. Many Clematis spp. are also propagated by late summer layerings.
Seed Treatment: A 60-180 day period of cold-moist stratification at 33-40 degrees aids in the germination of stored seeds.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: In coldest areas, may die back to the ground each winter, so only prune, if necessary, in early spring. Rejuvenate by cutting back to 1 ft. above ground every 3-5 years.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-11-28
Research By: TWC Staff, GDG