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Serious Black Ground Clematis

Clematis recta 'Serious Black'

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Serious Black Ground Clematis (Clematis recta 'Serious Black') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Serious Black Ground Clematis foliage

Serious Black Ground Clematis foliage

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  syn. Clematis recta Lime Close, Ground Clematis


This variety forms a dense mound of very deep purple new foliage that matures to olive-green in the heat of summer as showy white star-shaped flowers appear atop the foliage

Ornamental Features

Serious Black Ground Clematis features airy panicles of lightly-scented white star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. Its attractive compound leaves emerge deep purple in spring, turning olive green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Serious Black Ground Clematis is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Serious Black Ground Clematis is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Serious Black Ground Clematis will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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