Fragrant Spring Clematis Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' (M)

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


Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' is a flowering vine known for its attractive and aromatic blooms. The plant features large, showy flowers that are typically mauve-pink in color, with a paler bar running through the middle of each petal. The petals are broad, sometimes exhibiting a slightly ruffled edge, and they radiate around prominent, creamy-yellow stamens that stand out at the flower's center, creating a striking contrast. Its blossoms are not only visually appealing but also emit a delightful fragrance that enhances the sensory experience of the garden. The leaves of Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' are bright green, with a glossy texture, and provide a lush backdrop for the prolific floral display. They are typically compound with several leaflets, which are either oval or lance-shaped with smooth, sometimes slightly toothed margins. As a climber, the plant possesses a twining habit, with the stems clinging to supports and allowing it to scramble over structures or other plants, thus adding vertical interest to garden spaces. The plant is often admired for its vigorous growth and ability to bloom profusely during its flowering season, making it a popular choice among garden enthusiasts.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Fragrant Spring Clematis, Early Large-flowered Clematis.

    • Common names

      Clematis montana var. rubens 'Fragrant Spring'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, specifically the 'Fragrant Spring' variety, is considered to be toxic to humans if ingested. The plant contains irritating glycosides which can cause gastrointestinal upset. Symptoms of clematis poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salivation. In severe cases, ingestion could also lead to mouth ulcers or skin rashes from handling since the plant can cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals. It is advisable to handle clematis with gloves and ensure that children are aware not to consume any part of the plant.

    • To pets

      Clematis, including the 'Fragrant Spring' variety, is also toxic to pets if ingested. The plant contains compounds that can irritate the digestive system. Symptoms of clematis poisoning in pets can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, weakness or lethargy. If a pet consumes clematis, it is important to seek veterinary attention. Owners should prevent pets from accessing areas where clematis is grown to avoid accidental ingestion.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-9 feet (1.8-2.7 meters)

    • Spread

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Flowers - Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' is known for its beautiful and profusely fragrant flowers, adding aesthetic appeal to gardens.
    • Spring Bloom - It blooms in the spring, providing early-season interest in the landscape.
    • Climbing Habit - This plant has a climbing habit, making it ideal for growing on trellises, fences, and arbors, thereby utilizing vertical space in the garden.
    • Ease of Care - Generally, this clematis is low maintenance and easy to care for once established, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Diversity in Use - Can be used in landscape design in various ways, including as a climber on structures or ground cover if left to sprawl.
    • Extended Lifespan - As a perennial, it can provide enjoyment for several years with proper care.
    • Wildlife Attraction - Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' can attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden.

  • 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 as a natural fence or screen when trained to grow on support structures, providing a beautiful and dense curtain of foliage and blooms.
    • When planted in outdoor sitting areas, this variety of clematis can bring a heightened sensory experience due to its fragrance, creating a relaxing and aromatic environment.
    • Florists may use the clematis 'Fragrant Spring' vines and flowers in decorative arrangements or wedding bouquets to add a splash of color and delicate fragrance.
    • Clematis can be used as a creative covering for unsightly features in the garden, such as compost bins or utility boxes, by guiding its growth around them.
    • The cascading nature of the clematis 'Fragrant Spring' makes it ideal for use in hanging baskets, where its flowers can spill over the edges attractively.
    • This clematis variety could be trained to grow over and adorn garden sculptures or art pieces, integrating the artwork seamlessly into the natural landscape.
    • Educational gardens may include clematis 'Fragrant Spring' to teach about plant training and support systems due to the plant's climbing habit and requirements for guidance.
    • The long vines of clematis 'Fragrant Spring' can be artistically arranged on trellises or frames to create outdoor living art installations that change with the seasons.
    • Garden designers might use clematis to add vertical interest to green roofs or rooftop gardens, where ground space is limited, and height is desirable.
    • Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' can serve as an inspiration for artists and photographers, who may use the plant's vibrancy and patterns as subjects in their work.

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: Clematis plants are often linked with intelligence and the ability to adapt due to their versatile climbing nature.
    • Creativity: With its abundant and intricate flowers, the clematis is commonly associated with artistic inspiration and creative expression.
    • Aspiration: The upward growth of this climbing vine symbolizes striving for higher goals and seeking the light of understanding.
    • Perseverance: The clematis's vigorous growth habit and ability to flourish in various conditions represent determination and perseverance.
    • Spiritual Enlightenment: Due to its tendency to reach toward the sky, the clematis can symbolize a quest for spiritual knowledge.

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

    The Clematis 'Fragrant Spring', commonly known as Sweet Autumn Clematis, should be watered thoroughly with a deep soaking method to ensure the water reaches the roots. During the growing season, water the plant once a week with approximately one gallon of water, especially if the weather is dry. However, avoid overwatering as this plant does not thrive in waterlogged soil. During the winter months, reduce watering but do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Always check soil moisture before watering and ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    Sweet Autumn Clematis flourishes best in a spot that receives full sun to partial shade. Ideally, the clematis should have its leaves in the sun and roots in the shade, so placing it where it can climb up a trellis or fence while having its base shaded by lower plants or mulch is optimal. Too much shade can result in fewer blooms and weaker growth, so aim for at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Sweet Autumn Clematis is hardy in temperate climates and can withstand temperatures down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from harsh winter winds. The ideal growing temperature for this plant is between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' can survive short periods of colder or hotter temperatures, but prolonged exposure outside this range can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Sweet Autumn Clematis is essential for maintaining the plant's shape and promoting vigorous growth. Prune in late winter or early spring, cutting back the previous year's growth to strong buds about a foot above ground level. This type of clematis blooms on the current year's growth, so annual pruning also helps to stimulate flowering. The best time to prune is when you see noticeable buds forming on the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis, also known as Old Man's Beard, thrives in a well-draining soil mix with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH, ideally between 6.5 and 7.5. The best soil mix for clematis is one that combines garden loam, well-rotted compost, and sharp sand to improve drainage. A top dressing of bone meal or a balanced, slow-release fertilizer can benefit growth and flowering.

  • plantRepotting

    Clematis typically does not require frequent repotting and can be repotted every 2-3 years. It is crucial to ensure that it is done during late winter or early spring before the plant resumes active growth. Use a larger pot each time to accommodate root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Clematis plants prefer a moderate humidity environment, aligning with what's typically found outdoors in temperate regions. While specific humidity levels aren't critical for clematis, ensuring good air circulation around the plant will help maintain its health.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright indirect light, cool temps, and good air flow for indoor clematis.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, partially shaded place with cool roots and sunny tops.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' begins its life cycle as a seed, which, when sown in fertile, well-drained soil and given adequate warmth and light, germinates. After germination, it enters into the vegetative stage, producing a rapidly growing vine with green leaves and robust stems. As it matures, the Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' advances to the flowering stage, typically in early to late spring, during which it produces fragrant, creamy white to pale pink blooms that attract pollinators. Once pollination occurs, the plant develops seed heads, which, when mature, release seeds that can be dispersed by wind or animals to propagate new plants. In colder climates, the Clematis 'Fragrant Spring' may die back to the ground in winter, entering a period of dormancy, only to regrow from its roots or base when temperatures rise in spring. Over time, this herbaceous perennial can develop into a large, woody vine that requires structural support due to its climbing habit.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • Propogation: Clematis 'Fragrant Spring', commonly known as Sweet Autumn Clematis, is typically propagated through layering or softwood cuttings taken in spring or early summer. The most popular method is softwood cuttings, which involves selecting a healthy shoot that has just begun to mature and harden. Cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches long and include at least two sets of leaves. The cut end of the cutting is dipped into rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth and then planted in a well-draining potting mix. The pot should be placed in a warm, bright area out of direct sunlight, and the soil should be kept moist but not overly wet. Roots will usually develop within a few weeks, after which the new plants can be gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions before being planted in their final location.