Clematis Clematis 'Ben's Beauty' (A)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
clematis 'Ben's Beauty'


Clematis 'Ben's Beauty' is known for its striking flowers that are the highlight of its appearance. The blooms are typically large, eye-catching, and display a vibrant color range that may include shades of purple, blue, pink, or red, often with a gradient or blend of hues. The petals are numerous and can be rounded or pointed, with a slight overlap that gives the flowers a full-bodied, lush look. At the center of each blossom, you might find a contrasting cluster of stamens, adding to the ornamental charm of the plant. The foliage of Clematis 'Ben's Beauty' provides a lush background for the flowers with its green leaves. The leaves are likely to be compound, with several leaflets forming a group. They have a smooth, sometimes glossy surface that can catch the light and enhance the overall greenery of the plant. Clematis 'Ben's Beauty' generally exhibits a climbing or sprawling habit, using tendrils or leaf stalks to wind around supports. This characteristic allows it to cover structures like trellises, fences, or arbors, contributing to a vertical element in gardens and landscapes. Overall, Clematis 'Ben's Beauty's' appearance can add a captivating visual interest to any garden space, with its spectacular blossoms and attractive green foliage, creating a delightful display that can last throughout its blooming season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Clematis, Leather Flower, Traveller's Joy

    • Common names

      Clematis 'Ben's Beauty'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, including the variety 'Ben's Beauty', contains irritating glycosides, which can cause toxicity when ingested. Symptoms of poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salivation. If the skin comes into contact with the sap, it can also lead to dermatitis. The severity of symptoms can vary depending on the quantity ingested. Ingestion of Clematis should be avoided, and if symptoms occur, medical attention should be sought.

    • To pets

      Clematis, including the 'Ben's Beauty' variety, is also toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. The plant contains irritant compounds that can cause similar symptoms as seen in humans, including vomiting, excessive drooling, diarrhea, and possible dermatitis if the sap contacts skin. If ingested by pets, symptoms can occur quite rapidly, and it's recommended to contact a veterinarian immediately to provide appropriate care for the animal.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Flowers: Clematis 'Ben's Beauty' produces large, showy blooms that add aesthetic appeal to gardens and landscapes.
    • Climbing Habit: As a climbing vine, it can cover structures such as trellises, arbors, and fences, providing vertical interest.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its flowering season typically in spring or summer, it adds seasonal beauty to the garden when many other plants are just beginning to grow.
    • Variety of Uses: It can be used in a range of garden designs, from informal cottage gardens to more structured architectural settings.
    • Suitable for Containers: It can be grown in containers, making it versatile for people with limited space or those who wish to have mobile garden features.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of the garden.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, Clematis 'Ben's Beauty' requires minimal care besides occasional pruning and feeding.
    • Ease of Propagation: It can be easily propagated from cuttings, which allows gardeners to share plants and expand their garden without extra cost.

  • 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 vines can be used as natural screens or living curtains when grown along fences or walls, providing privacy and aesthetic appeal.
    • The robust climbing nature of Clematis turns it into a support for other garden plants, enabling less sturdy plants to grow with its assistance.
    • Dried Clematis stems can be utilized for weaving baskets or crafting decorative items such as wreaths, providing a rustic charm to handmade crafts.
    • Clematis can be trained to grow over unsightly features in the garden, like old stumps or broken fences, camouflaging them with their foliage and blooms.
    • The plant can be used in thematic gardens, such as Victorian or cottage-style gardens, to enhance the overall historical or stylistic ambiance.
    • In photography, Clematis flowers can be used as natural backdrops or subjects for macro photography due to their intricate structures and vibrant colors.
    • Gardeners can use Clematis as a tool for companion planting, positioning them to provide shade to sun-sensitive plants during the hottest parts of the day.
    • During winter, the twisting and often dense growth of Clematis can provide shelter for small garden wildlife, like birds and beneficial insects.
    • Growers might use trimmed Clematis vines in the creation of natural art installations or living sculptures by shaping and directing their growth patterns.
    • The vivid flowers of Clematis can act as color cues in a garden layout, helping visitors navigate or highlighting specific areas or paths within the garden.

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

    • Ingeniousness: The intricate design of the Clematis flowers signifies cleverness and mental prowess.
    • Artistic inspiration: Often associated with the muses, Clematis 'Ben's Beauty' may represent creativity and the spark of new ideas.
    • Perseverance: As a plant that continues to grow and climb, it symbolizes a person's ability to persevere through challenges.
    • Mental beauty: This variety of Clematis, with 'Beauty' in its name, can represent the attractive nature of thoughts and the mind.
    • Traveler's joy: Clematis is sometimes referred to as the "traveler's joy," reflecting the plant's role in providing psychological comfort and joy to those on a journey.

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

    Clematis, commonly known as Queen of the Vines, requires consistent moisture and should be watered about once a week, depending on climate and soil conditions. During the active growing season in spring and summer, watering may need to be more frequent to ensure the soil remains moist but not soggy; approximately one gallon per week is generally sufficient. It's important to water deeply to encourage root growth, which means the water should reach about 8 to 12 inches into the soil. Decrease watering in the fall before the plant goes dormant, and in winter, only water if the soil is dry and there has been no significant rainfall.

  • sunLight

    Clematis prefers a position where its foliage can enjoy full sun to partial shade, with at least six hours of sunlight each day to thrive. However, it's crucial to provide shade for the root zone either with mulch or by planting low growing shrubs or perennials at the base, as the roots and base of the plant prefer to stay cool and shaded.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Clematis plants are hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures; however, they grow best when daytime temperatures are between 65°F and 75°F. They can survive winter cold down to about -20°F and summer heat up to about 95°F. To encourage robust growth, it is best to protect the plant from extreme temperature fluctuations such as sudden frosts or heatwaves.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Clematis to promote healthy growth, maintain shape, and encourage more blooms. For this variety, pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, removing dead or weak stems before growth begins. Because Clematis flowers on new growth, cutting back the plant each year will facilitate a flush of fresh, flowering stems. Leave at least a couple of sets of buds on each stem to ensure the plant can regrow vigorously.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Clematis, commonly referred to as Clematis, is one that is well-draining and fertile, with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH of about 7.0. An ideal mix could be composed of two parts loam, one part well-rotted compost, and a handful of lime to maintain the pH level if needed.

  • plantRepotting

    Clematis should be repotted when it outgrows its pot or every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and encourage growth. Spring is the best time for repotting to allow the plant to establish in the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Clematis thrives best in outdoor conditions with natural humidity. While it doesn't require high humidity, the surrounding environment should be moderately humid to mimic its natural growing conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright indirect light and some support for climbing.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil; provide support for climbing.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'Ben’s Beauty' begins as a seed that germinates in moist, well-drained soil, often in spring or early summer. The seedling develops a root system and shoots that grow into vines; during this juvenile stage, the plant focuses on establishing foliage and structure. As it matures, usually within a few years, it enters the flowering stage, producing large, showy flowers, which is a distinctive characteristic of Clematis varieties. After pollination, often by bees or other insects, the flowers develop into fruit-like structures called achenes that contain seeds for reproduction. Clematis 'Ben’s Beauty' is a perennial, so after the flowering and seeding stage, it enters a period of dormancy in the fall and winter, conserving energy for the next growing season. With the return of favorable conditions in spring, the plant resumes active growth, continuing its cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • For Clematis 'Ben's Beauty', the most popular method of propagation is through softwood cuttings. This is typically done in the spring or early summer when the plant's new growth is still soft and pliable. Cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) in length with two to three sets of leaves. The bottom set of leaves is removed, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone before being planted in well-draining soil. Providing a consistent moisture level and covering the cutting with a plastic dome or bag can help to maintain high humidity while the cutting develops roots, which usually occurs within a few weeks. Once rooted, the cuttings can be transplanted to a more permanent location.