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Botanical Name:Clematis aristata
Common Name:austral clematis , minam 'berang , mountain clematis , old man's beard
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Climber / Scrambler / Creeper, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Taproot can be roasted and eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Wet, Well Drained
Climbs up to 15 m high
Foliage:Leaves dull, paired with serrated edges, juvenile - egg-shaped, purplish with white lines, adult - divided into 3 leaflets, leaflets egg-shaped, 3-8 cm x 1-5 cm. Stalks often twisted around other stems.
Flowers:Creamy white, August-March. Male & female flowers on separate plants (dioecious). Branched bunches of starry flowers. Female flowers followed by feathery 'catherine wheel' seed heads.

Woody climber, suckering to form new plants. Ascends to upper storey canopy. Birds like the seeds. Moist to wet well drained soil in cool forests and gullies. Requires a cool root run. Useful on pergolas and trellises but will become open below the canopy.

Pruning is necessary to clear crowded growth to make way for new, more vigorous growth.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Australian Native Plants Society
  3. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  5. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  6. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  7. Australian National Botanic Garden
  8. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)
Clematis microphylla

Germination results are best from fresh seed sown in the summer. The species may also be propagated by striking semi-hardwood cuttings under glass in high humidity.

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