Clematis aristata|Mountain or Austral Clematis, Old Man's Beard

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Woody climber, suckering to form new plants. Ascends to upper storey canopy.
Size (W x H)
Vigorous climber to 15m high
Leaves dull, paired with serrated edges, juvenile - egg-shaped, purplish with white lines, adult - divided into 3 leaflets, leaflets egg-shaped, 3-8cm x 1-5cm. Stalks often twisted around other stems.
Male & female flowers on separate plants (dioecious). Branched bunches of starry flowers. Female flowers followed by feathery 'catherine wheel' seed heads.
Flower colour
Creamy white
Flower time
August to March
Growing conditions
Moist to wet well drained soil in cool forests and gullies. Full sun to full shade.
Commonly used for
Beautiful but vigorous creeper for larger gardens. Requires a cool root run. Can be pruned. Useful on pergolas and trellises but will become open below the canopy.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory