How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Clematis—Clematis spp.
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Plant identification

Clematis plants are deciduous or evergreen vines. Many species with a wide range of flower colors and forms exist.

Optimum conditions for growth

Clematis can grow in all climatic zones but does best in zones with cold winters or those with a coastal effect. It does best in rich, well-drained soils high in organic matter. The leafy part of the vine needs sun to flower while the roots need to be shaded and cool; mulching roots can help keep them cool. Vines require regular irrigation.

Clematis blossoms
Clematis blossoms

Clematis vine on a trellis
Clematis vine growing on a trellis



Pests and disorders of Clematis spp.



Environmental disorders




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