Clematis heracleifolia var. urticifolia

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Clematis heracleifolia var. urticifolia (Nakai ex Kitag.) U.C.La

Ranunculaceae

Life form: subshrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   7

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: ternate

Shape: cruciform
Fruit: nutlet

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Inflorescence: cyme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Ranunculopsida
Subclassis:
Ranunculidae
Superordo:
Ranunculanae
Ordo:
Ranunculales

Clematis heracleifolia var. urticifolia is a subshrub with pale purple-pink flowers.

Naming

Clematis heracleifolia var. urticifolia was already described and the name validly published by Masao Kitagawa based on a prior description by Takenoshin Nakai. It was Ung Chil La, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1996.

Taxonomy

Clematis heracleifolia var. urticifolia is a variety in the genus Clematis which contains approximately 434 to 526 species and belongs to the family of the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family). The type species of the genus is Clematis vitalba.

Characteristics

Growth

The subshrubs reach heights of 30 to 100 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Clematis heracleifolia var. urticifolia is deciduous. The ternate leaves are opposite. The ovate leaflets are dentate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Clematis heracleifolia var. urticifolia produces cymes of light-purple cruciform flowers from August to September.

The subshrubs produce nutlets.

Root System

Distribution

Cultivation

The subshrubs prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Uses

Suited for shrub borders.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Cut back all shoots to low branches in early spring. Cut all shoots down to base in early spring if plants need rejuvenation.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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