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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Clematis microphylla
2 synonyms:   Clematis hexapetala ssp. microphylla , Clematis microphylla var. normalis
Common Name:kenam , small-leaved clematis , tarroke
Status:DISABLED: CATH: It has become weedy so we choose not to stock it.
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Climber / Scrambler / Creeper, 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
Well Drained
climbs to 4 m high
Foliage:Similar to Clematis aristata but with small linear leaflets. Light green leaves to 30 mm long, divided into 3's 2-3 times, margins of leaflets entire. Leaflets narrow to egg-shaped. Stalks twining around stems.
Flowers:Masses of starry cream flowers on male and female plants. July-November
Female plant has feathery fruit. Medium, dense climber scrambling through the lower and medium storeys. Birds habitat it and use it for nesting. Frost tolerant. A dainty climber for fences and screen areas. Will smother small plants in a garden bed. Foliage tends to be along the top of the creeper

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

Propagate from seed or stem cuttings.  Sow seeds from springtime, if growing into containers.

Seed is collected from early December to early March.  Monitor closely as seeds are released 3-14
days after maturity.  Seeds turn brown and are released from the plant with minimal pressure when ripe.   Harvest by hand or with a portable vacuum cleaner. 

Separate seed from plumes by rubbing.  To clean, Harold Grant suggests first loosening the seed by putting the fruits into a plastic bag and beating it vigorously, then shaking the waste through a coarse then a finer sieve until fluff on the surface can be removed and the seed remains.

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