White Clematis Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' (Vt)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
clematis 'Alba Luxurians'


Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' commonly known as the Virgin's Bower, is a climbing plant that displays distinctive flowers and foliage. The flowers of 'Alba Luxurians' are particularly eye-catching, with their creamy-white petals that often feature a light green bar at the tips, giving it a unique and elegant appearance. The tips of the petals can sometimes display a hint of violet, adding a touch of color that contrasts beautifully with the white. The bloom's shape is typically four-petaled, although it's not uncommon for some flowers to have more. This gives each flower a slightly individual look. Adding to the plant's charm are the stamens, prominent in the center of the bloom, with their contrasting colors that can range from yellow to dark purple, giving depth to the flowers' overall aesthetic. The leaves of the Virgin's Bower are a deep green, which creates a lush backdrop for the radiant blooms. The foliage is typically divided into leaflets that emanate from a common point, giving it a feathery texture that complements the plant's delicate blooms. Despite the omission of the plant's size, it's important to note that the stems are robust and can support the weight of the foliage and flowers, enabling the plant to climb and spread its beauty vertically, often onto trellises, walls, or fences. Overall, Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' is a visually striking plant that adds a sense of luxury and sophistication to any garden with its creamy-white flowers accented with green and occasional violet tips, and its lush green foliage.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      White Clematis, Vine Clematis, Clematis 'Alba Luxurians'.

    • Common names

      Clematis viticella 'Alba Luxurians'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, including the variety 'Alba Luxurians' (Vt), contains toxic compounds that can be harmful if ingested. It is not considered highly toxic to humans, but it can cause mild symptoms of poisoning. Symptoms might include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salivation if parts of the plant are eaten. Contact with the sap may also cause skin irritation or dermatitis in some individuals. It is always advised to handle plants with care and to avoid ingesting any plant material unless it is known to be safe for consumption.

    • To pets

      Clematis, the plant in question, is also toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. If pets ingest parts of the clematis plant, they could experience symptoms of poisoning. These may include drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, ingestion could potentially lead to trembling, seizures, or even organ damage, depending on the quantity ingested. Pet owners should prevent their pets from chewing on or consuming any part of clematis plants to avoid these potential health issues.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      10 feet (3 meters)

    • Spread

      4 feet (1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' offers striking white flowers with greenish tips, adding beauty to gardens and landscapes.
    • Versatility: Suitable for trellises, walls, arbors, and pergolas, it can be used to create vertical interest in various garden designs.
    • Wildlife Attraction: Its blossoms attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Seasonal Interest: This clematis variety provides a long blooming period from midsummer to early autumn, offering visual interest for an extended time.
    • Privacy Screen: When grown on supports, it can create a natural green screen for privacy or to disguise unsightly areas.
    • Easy Pruning: Group 3 pruning category means it can be cut back hard in late winter to early spring, simplifying maintenance.
    • Hybrid Vitality: As a cultivated variety, it often demonstrates robust growth and vigor compared to some wild species.
    • Garden Integration: It pairs well with other plants, allowing for harmonious garden compositions.
    • Improves Structure: Can be used to add structural definition to gardens throughout the year, even when not in bloom.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Clematis can be used in creating natural dyes. The flowers and leaves of 'Alba Luxurians' might be boiled to extract colors for dyeing textiles.
    • Clematis plants can be included in wildlife gardens. They offer shelter for small birds and insects looking for a safe place to rest or nest.
    • They serve as an educational tool. Gardeners and horticulture students can study the growth habits and pruning requirements unique to Clematis 'Alba Luxurians'.
    • Can be used in flower arrangements. The striking white flowers with green-tipped petals of 'Alba Luxurians' can be cut and included in floral displays.
    • The vigorous nature of some Clematis varieties can be used for privacy screening. 'Alba Luxurians', if allowed to grow on a trellis, can create a privacy screen for patios or gardens.
    • Clematis vines like 'Alba Luxurians' can be used to cover unsightly structures. They can quickly grow over and soften the appearance of walls or old fences.
    • These plants can act as a natural thermometer in the garden. Observing the bloom time of 'Alba Luxurians' can help gardeners gauge the onset of seasons and temperatures.
    • They can also be utilized in thematic gardens. Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' could be a part of a white garden theme, showcasing plants with white flowers or foliage.
    • Clematis can be used to experiment with grafting. Keen gardeners might graft 'Alba Luxurians' onto other species to study the viability of such combinations.
    • The plant can contribute to a compost pile. When pruned, the healthy trimmings of 'Alba Luxurians' can be added to compost bins to decompose and enrich the soil.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Mental Agility: The Clematis 'Alba Luxurians', commonly known as the Traveler's Joy, symbolizes mental agility due to its vigorous climbing nature, suggesting the ability to reach higher understanding or enlightenment.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The striking white flowers with green-tipped sepals of the Traveler's Joy often represent artistic inspiration and creativity, as they stand out against the backdrop of lush foliage.
    • Ingenuity: The way Clematis plants can adeptly climb and adapt to their surroundings signifies ingenuity, implying resourcefulness and inventive thinking.
    • Spiritual Quest: In some cultures, the Traveler's Joy may symbolize a spiritual quest, as climbing vines can represent searching and striving for higher spiritual states.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Early Spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Clematis, also known as Traveler's Joy, prefers consistent moisture, especially during the growing season. Water this plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 gallon of water per plant to ensure the soil is moist but not soggy. During hot, dry periods, increase watering frequency to twice a week. In the winter, reduce watering as the plant goes dormant, but never allow the soil to completely dry out. Monitor the soil moisture regularly since Clematis roots are sensitive to both over-watering and under-watering.

  • sunLight

    For Traveler's Joy, the ideal light conditions include a location where the plant can receive about six hours of sunlight each day. Morning sunlight and afternoon shade are optimal to prevent the delicate flowers from fading. Position your Clematis plant in a spot that is bright and airy to ensure the best growth and flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Traveler's Joy thrives in temperatures ranging between 45°F and 85°F. It can survive occasional dips to about 20°F in the winter and can withstand high summer temperatures as long as the roots are kept cool. The ideal growing temperatures for this clematis are between 65°F and 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Traveler's Joy encourages vigorous growth and flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring before active growth begins, removing any dead or weak stems. Since Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' is a Group 3 clematis, you can cut it back to about 12 inches above the ground every year. This group flowers on the current year's growth, so annual hard pruning is beneficial and encourages strong stems and a multitude of blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis 'Alba Luxurians', commonly known as Viticella Clematis, prefers a well-draining soil mix with plenty of organic matter. A mix of loam, compost, and a smaller portion of sharp sand or perlite can provide the right structure. This plant thrives in a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Viticella Clematis should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to ensure it has enough room for root growth and to refresh the soil mix.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The Viticella Clematis does well in moderate humidity conditions. It does not require a high humidity environment to thrive.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright indirect light, support for climbing, and well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun to part shade, well-drained soil, and provide climbing support.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'Alba Luxurians', also known as the Viticella Clematis, begins its life as a seed, which upon germination, sprouts and develops a root system and foliage. The plant progresses into a juvenile vegetative stage, establishing itself through vine growth, and climbs using tendrils. As the plant matures, it enters the flowering stage, where it produces distinctive flowers that are initially creamy white with green-tipped sepals which later mature to pure white. Post-pollination, these flowers develop into fruit, which contain the seeds for the next generation. During the autumn and winter, the Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' enters a period of dormancy, where above-ground growth dies back and the plant survives off the energy reserves within its root system. With the return of warm weather in spring, the cycle begins anew as the plant regrows from the rootstock and prepares to flower once more.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • The Clematis 'Alba Luxurians' (Vt), commonly known as the Clematis, is typically propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. This method is most popularly done during the summer months when the plant is actively growing. To propagate, a gardener would select a healthy stem of the current year’s growth and cut a section about 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters) long just below a leaf node. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end can be treated with a rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then planted in a well-draining soil mixture, ensuring that at least one pair of leaf nodes is buried where roots and potentially new shoots can emerge. The soil should be kept moist, and the cutting should be placed in a warm environment with indirect sunlight. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, and once established, the new Clematis plant can be transplanted into the garden.