Clematis Clematis 'Dawn' (EL)

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


Clematis 'Dawn' is a captivating flowering vine known for its stunning blooms. The plant displays an array of large, soft pink flowers which possess a delicate satin sheen. Each flower is composed of four to six broad petals that gracefully overlap, creating an almost circular shape that is both elegant and eye-catching. The petals' edges may occasionally show a faint hint of ruffled texture, which adds to their charm. At the center of each bloom, a tuft of creamy stamens stands prominently, providing a striking contrast against the pastel petals. This combination of central stamens with the surrounding petals creates an alluring focal point that draws the eye. The foliage of Clematis 'Dawn' consists of dark green leaves that have a bright, glossy finish. The leaves are compound, with each leaf divided into multiple leaflets, and they provide a lush backdrop that makes the flowers stand out even more. As the plant matures over the seasons, it develops a woody, climbing structure that enables it to clamber over fences, trellises, or other supports. This growth habit allows the plant to be incorporated into a variety of garden designs as a vertical element, displaying its floral show at various heights within the landscape. Whether used as a decorative climber or as a focal feature, Clematis 'Dawn' offers a soft, romantic presence in any garden setting with its enchanting flowers and attractive foliage.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dawn Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis

    • Common names

      Clematis 'Dawn' (EL)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, including the 'Dawn' variety, is considered to be mildly toxic to humans. Ingesting parts of the plant can cause gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It may also lead to irritations in the mouth and throat due to the presence of irritating glycosides. In some individuals, skin contact with clematis can cause dermatitis or skin irritation.

    • To pets

      Clematis, including the 'Dawn' (EL) variety, can also be toxic to pets, such as cats and dogs. If ingested, the plant can cause symptoms like excessive drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. There may also be signs of mouth irritation or difficulty swallowing due to the presence of irritating compounds in the plant. It's important to prevent pets from chewing on or ingesting clematis to avoid these adverse effects.

  • 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

    • Ornamental Appeal: Clematis 'Dawn' offers a striking display of pale pink flowers with a hint of lavender, enhancing the aesthetic of gardens and outdoor spaces.
    • Versatility: This climbing plant can be trained on trellises, fences, and walls, bringing vertical interest to gardens or used to screen unsightly areas.
    • Attracts Pollinators: It provides nectar and pollen for bees and other beneficial insects, thus supporting biodiversity.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its long flowering period from late spring to early autumn, it offers visual interest throughout the growing season.
    • Compact Growth: It is suitable for small gardens and containers due to its moderate growth habit and size.
    • Easy to Grow: Known for being hardy and low maintenance, it is ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Improves Garden Structure: It can be used to add height and layers to garden designs, improving the overall structure and depth.

  • 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 'Dawn' can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing subtle hues to textiles when treated properly.
    • In basket-weaving, the flexible stems of the clematis can be incorporated into designs for a unique, textural element.
    • The plant can play a role in companion planting, helping to repel certain pests that might otherwise harm nearby vegetables or flowers.
    • Dried clematis vines are sometimes used in the creation of rustic home decor, such as wall hangings or ornamental frames.
    • The large, showy flowers can be used as a natural garnish for salads and desserts, although they should not be consumed in large quantities.
    • Clematis 'Dawn' can be trained to grow on unsightly fences or walls, serving as a living cover that enhances visual appeal.
    • Some cultures have used parts of the clematis plant in traditional ceremonies for their symbolic meaning of mental beauty and artistry.
    • The seed heads of Clematis 'Dawn' can add an interesting visual element to dried floral arrangements and bouquets.
    • Hobbyists may use the dried seed heads for craft projects, such as making homemade jewelry or decorative items.
    • Photographers and artists may utilize clematis as a motif due to its vibrant color and intricate flower structure, inspiring various art forms.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Ingenuity and Intelligence - Clematis represents cleverness and mental prowess due to its intricate and smartly designed flowers.
    • Beauty and Artistry - Because of its delicate and ornate blooms, Clematis is often associated with aesthetic beauty and artistic inspiration.
    • Mental Agility - The vine's ability to climb and adapt symbolizes quick thinking and the ability to navigate complex situations.
    • Spiritual Pursuit - In some cultures, the upward growth of the Clematis vine is symbolic of the human quest for higher knowledge and spiritual enlightenment.
    • Resilience and Determination - Clematis can grow in challenging conditions, which is seen as a representation of perseverance and a determined mindset.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Late winter to early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Clematis 'Dawn', commonly known as the Early Large-flowered Clematis, should be watered thoroughly once a week, ensuring that the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, increase the frequency to twice a week, especially for plants in containers or during particularly hot, dry spells. Each watering session should provide the clematis with about 1 gallon of water to encourage deep root growth. If rainfall is adequate, adjust your watering schedule accordingly to prevent over-watering.

  • sunLight

    Early Large-flowered Clematis thrives in a location where it receives at least six hours of sunlight a day. The base and roots prefer to be in cool, shaded conditions, so planting low-growing shrubs or perennials around the base can help achieve this. However, the foliage and climbing parts of the plant should have access to full sun or partial shade for optimal growth and flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Early Large-flowered Clematis performs best in temperate regions, withstanding temperatures between 20°F and 85°F. However, temperatures below 20°F for extended periods can cause damage, and temperatures above 85°F can stress the plant if it is not adequately watered. The ideal growing temperature for this variety of clematis is between 55°F and 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Early Large-flowered Clematis encourages strong growth and flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring before the plant starts active growth, removing dead or weak stems and cutting back the remaining stems to a strong set of buds. This plant flowers on the current year's growth, so annual pruning also helps to manage the size and shape of the vine. The best time for pruning is typically around February or March.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis 'Dawn' thrives in well-draining soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH of around 7.0-7.5. An ideal soil mix includes two-parts garden soil, one-part compost or well-rotted manure, and one-part perlite or coarse sand for improved drainage. It's essential to ensure the soil is rich in organic content to provide the necessary nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    'Dawn' Clematis generally requires repotting every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its container. It's best to repot in early spring before the plant resumes active growth, ensuring minimal disruption to the rooting system.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    'Dawn' Clematis prefers a moderate humidity level, typically the natural outdoor humidity. If grown indoors or in a drier climate, creating a microclimate with a surrounding garden or through mulching can help maintain adequate humidity levels.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Grow in bright indirect light, support with trellis, keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun or part-shade, provide support, mulch, and prune.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Clematis 'Dawn' plant begins its life cycle when its seeds germinate in the soil during the spring, after a period of cold stratification which breaks the seed's dormancy. Following germination, the seedling establishes roots and produces shoots, gradually growing into a young vine with support, as the species is a climber. Throughout the growing season, it develops compound leaves and begins to vine, seeking support structures like trellises or other plants to cling to. Once it reaches maturity, the Clematis 'Dawn' blooms in late spring to early summer, typically from May to June, producing soft pink flowers. After pollination, which is mainly by insects, it sets seed in fluffy seed heads, which can be distributed by wind, allowing the plant to propagate. Finally, the plant enters dormancy in the fall and winter, with vine growth halting and leaves often dying back, only to resume its growth cycle with the return of warmer weather in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter to early spring

    • The Clematis 'Dawn' (Early Large-flowered clematis), is most commonly propagated through softwood cuttings. This method is typically undertaken during the late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing and the new stems are long enough to be used for cuttings, usually around 4 to 6 inches (approximately 10 to 15 centimeters). To propagate by cuttings, select a healthy stem with at least two sets of leaves and make a clean cut just below a leaf node. The bottom set of leaves is removed, and the cutting is dipped into a rooting hormone powder or liquid to encourage root growth. The treated end is then planted in a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix, and the environment is kept humid by covering the pot with a plastic bag or placing it in a propagator. The cutting should be kept out of direct sunlight but in a bright, warm spot, and the soil should be kept consistently moist until roots have developed, which may take several weeks. Once the cutting has established a robust root system, it can be gradually acclimated to normal conditions and eventually planted out.