Clematis vitalba


Sp. Pl. 1: 544. 1753

Common names: Traveler's joy old man's beard
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.
Stems climbing with tendril-like petioles and leaf-rachises, to 12 m. Leaf blade pinnately 5-foliolate; leaflets cordiform, 8 × (2-)3-5(-6) cm, margins entire to regularly crenate or dentate; surfaces abaxially minutely pubescent on veins, adaxially glabrous. Inflorescences axillary and terminal, (3-)5-22-flowered cymes. Flowers bisexual; pedicel 1-1.5 cm, slender; sepals wide-spreading, not recurved, white to cream, elliptic or oblanceolate to obovate, ca. 1 cm, length ca. 2 times width, abaxially and adaxially tomentose; stamens ca. 50; filaments glabrous; staminodes absent; pistils 20 or more. Achenes nearly terete, not conspicuously rimmed, densely pubescent; beak ca. 3.5 cm.

Phenology: Flowering summer (Jun–Aug).
Habitat: Roadsides, waste ground, secondary growth
Elevation: 0-100 m


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B.C., Ont., Maine, Oreg., Wash., native to Europe, n Africa.


Clematis vitalba is naturalized in only a few sites in eastern North America and northwestern Oregon to the Puget Sound.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

Facts about "Clematis vitalba"
AuthorityLinnaeus +
Common nameTraveler's joy + and old man's beard +
DistributionB.C. +, Ont. +, Maine +, Oreg. +, Wash. +, native to Europe + and n Africa. +
Elevation0-100 m +
HabitatRoadsides, waste ground, secondary growth +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
Introducedtrue +
PhenologyFlowering summer (Jun–Aug). +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1753 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V3/V3 540.xml +
Special statusIntroduced +
Taxon familyRanunculaceae +
Taxon nameClematis vitalba +
Taxon parentClematis subg. Clematis +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 3 +