Yellow Clematis (Clematis tangutica)

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Yellow Clematis is a perennial vine; producing several stems per plant that can grow up to 4 m in length. Young stems are pliable while the older stems can become very woody. Leaves are green and compound with 5-7 lance-shaped leaflets 5-6 cm long, which may be lobed. Leaf tips are pointed and leaf edges are coarsely toothed. Leaves may be slightly hairy on the underside and are deciduous. Flowers are lemon-yellow, nodding, with four petals. Flowers are bell-shaped at first and then split as the petals spread. Petals may be silky-hairy on the outside and occasionally tinged purplish-brown. Flowers are borne at the ends of stems or in leaf axils, usually solitary but sometimes 2 or 3 together, on a short (0.5-3 cm) flower stem. Seeds are oval to 4.5 mm long, with silky tails about 5 cm long.

Key Identifiers
  • Lemon yellow flowers
  • Usually 5 leaflets
  • “Puffball” infestations
Location in Canada
Yellow Clematis has escaped garden plantings from BC to Manitoba, inclusive.

Resources Similar species
Purple Clematis (Clematis occidentalis) flowers are blue/purple, soiltary and leaves only have 3 leaflets.

Western (Clemats ligusticifolia) flowers are white, born in clusters and leaves have 5-7 leaflets.

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This document is maintained by Shelley Barkley.
This information published to the web on March 30, 2012.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 26, 2018.