Clematis Clematis 'Minuet' (Vt)

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


The Clematis 'Minuet' is known for its distinctive and charming flowers. The blooms are small to medium in size, composed of usually six pointed sepals that can give them a star-like shape. The sepals are marked with a delightful bi-color palette: the margins are typically a crisp white, while the central bar showcases a rich mauve or pink tone, creating a striking contrast. Adding to their allure, the stamens at the center of each flower display prominent creamy-yellow anthers, forming an eye-catching centerpiece. The foliage of the Clematis 'Minuet' consists of green leaves that are compound in nature, with each leaf made up of smaller leaflets. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems and have a bright, healthy sheen. The stems are climbing and can support the plant as it grows by twining around structures or other support systems. During its blooming period, the Clematis 'Minuet' becomes a focal point in the garden with its profusion of colorful flowers. The overall impression of this clematis is one of delicate beauty, with its flowers giving it a romantic and cottage-garden look that can enhance arbors, trellises, or fences where it is often trained to grow.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Minuet Clematis, Viticella Clematis

    • Common names

      Clematis 'Minuet' (Vt)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, including the 'Minuet' variety, is known to contain toxic compounds that can cause harm when ingested. As an ornamental plant, it is not intended for consumption. The ingestion of clematis can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, mouth irritation, and salivation. In some cases, severe digestive discomfort can occur. It is important for individuals who handle clematis to wash their hands afterward to prevent accidental ingestion of plant particles. If ingested, seeking medical advice is recommended to manage the symptoms.

    • To pets

      Clematis, including the 'Minuet' variety, is toxic to pets. If your pet ingests any part of clematis, they may exhibit symptoms such as drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and mouth irritation due to the presence of irritating glycosides in the plant. In severe cases, there might be signs of weakness and lethargy. To prevent poisoning, keep clematis out of reach of pets and monitor them in areas where these plants are grown. If you suspect your pet has consumed clematis, contact a veterinarian for appropriate care.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Clematis 'Minuet' adds visual interest to gardens with its vibrant, showy flowers and climbing habit.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: It can be trained to climb trellises, walls, and fences, or allowed to sprawl as ground cover.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blooms of Clematis 'Minuet' entice bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Seasonal Interest: This plant offers a long flowering period from late spring to early autumn, enhancing garden aesthetics for an extended time.
    • Ease of Maintenance: With proper care, such as adequate sunlight, pruning, and well-drained soil, it is relatively low-maintenance.
    • Compact Growth: Suitable for smaller gardens or containers due to its compact size compared to other clematis varieties.

  • 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

    • As a natural dye: The petals and sepals of clematis can be used to create natural dyes for fabric, yielding unique and potentially subtle colors.
    • In creative photography: Clematis, with its intricate structures, makes for a captivating subject in macro photography, showcasing the beauty of nature's patterns.
    • As a model in botanical studies: Students and scientists can study the clematis's reproductive system and growth habit, contributing to our understanding of plant biology.
    • As an inspiration for artworks: Artists may be inspired by the clematis's form and color, leading to paintings, sculptures, or textile designs that capture its essence.
    • In educational gardens: Clematis 'Minuet' can be included in educational gardens to teach about climbing plant species and their growth habits.
    • As a screen for privacy: When grown on trellises, clematis can create a natural screen, offering a visually pleasing way to gain privacy in gardens and outdoor spaces.
    • For creating fairy gardens: The whimsical appearance of clematis is perfect for adding a magical touch to miniature fairy gardens, attracting both children and adults to the enchanting setup.
    • In floral language communication: Clematis often symbolizes mental prowess and ingenuity, so using it in a bouquet could convey a message of admiration for someone's intellect.
    • For companion planting: Clematis can be planted alongside certain vegetables to enhance the overall aesthetics of a vegetable garden without competing aggressively for resources.
    • In ornamental birdhouses: Planting clematis around birdhouses can attract birds by providing shelter and a beautiful, natural environment for them.

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

    • Ingenuity and Artistry: The Clematis 'Minuet', with its intricate petals and striking appearance, often symbolizes creative endeavors and the artistic spirit. It inspires people to embrace their unique talents and express themselves through their chosen art forms.
    • Mental Beauty: The beautiful and diverse nature of the Clematis suggests that beauty isn't just physical but also mental. It stands for the beauty of thoughts and ideas, evoking intellectual appreciation.
    • Traveler's Joy: Another common name for clematis is "Traveler's Joy," highlighting its association with travel and exploration. This plant is often thought to represent the joy and discovery of new adventures.
    • Aspiration and Achievement: Climbing plants like Clematis are commonly associated with aspiration because they grow upwards. This reflects a person's ambition and the drive to succeed and rise above challenges.

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

    The Clematis 'Minuet', more commonly known as the Virgin's Bower, requires consistent moisture to thrive, especially when newly planted or during the dry season. Generally, watering this plant deeply once a week with about 1 gallon of water is recommended. However, during periods of extreme heat or drought, the frequency may need to increase to twice a week. It's crucial to avoid overhead watering to prevent diseases and instead focus on watering at the base of the plant. Ensure that the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogging, which can be detrimental to the Clematis 'Minuet'.

  • sunLight

    The Virgin's Bower prefers a spot where it receives full sun to partial shade. Ideally, the top of the plant should be in full sunlight while the base and roots are shaded either by low plants or a mulch layer. This helps in promoting lush foliage on top and cool, moist root conditions, mimicking the plant's natural growing environment.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Virgin's Bower can survive a range of temperatures and is quite hardy once established; however, it prefers temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum winter temperatures down to about -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme heat above 90 degrees Fahrenheit may stress the plant, so providing some afternoon shade in hotter climates is beneficial.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Virgin's Bower is necessary to maintain plant health and encourage vigorous growth. This Clematis variety should be lightly pruned in early spring to remove any dead or weak stems. The best time for pruning is after the plant has finished blooming, to shape the plant and promote next year's growth. Pruning can be done annually or every few years, depending on the plant's performance and desired size.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis 'Minuet' thrives in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter with a pH ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. A good soil mix can be prepared using two parts loam, one part peat moss or well-rotted compost, and one part perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Clematis 'Minuet,' also known as VT, typically does not require frequent repotting and can often remain in the same pot for several years. It should be repotted only when the root system has outgrown the current container, which may be every 2 to 3 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Clematis 'Minuet' prefers a moderate humidity level, generally around 50 to 70%. While it can tolerate some humidity variation, consistently high or low humidity can be detrimental to its health.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright indirect light and cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full sun to part shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'Minuet' (Vt), commonly known as the Minuet Clematis, starts its life as a seed, requiring stratification to successfully germinate. Upon germination, it establishes a root system and begins to grow vines, developing compound leaves and tendril-like petioles that help it climb. As a perennial, once mature, it enters a yearly cycle of flowering, producing distinctive nodding, mauve flowers with a pink bar down the center of each petal in late spring to early summer. After pollination by insects, it develops seed heads that are visually appealing and can persist into winter. During the fall, the plant begins to go dormant, with foliage dying back. The plant overwinters with its root system intact, ready to resume growth the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating Clematis 'Minuet', which is also known as the Virgin's Bower, is by softwood cuttings. This typically takes place in late spring to early summer when new growth is soft and pliable. To propagate, a gardener would cut a section of stem about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long just below a node, ensuring there are at least two sets of leaves or buds. The lower leaves are removed and the cut end may be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then planted in a well-draining potting mix, covered with plastic to retain humidity, and kept in indirect light until roots develop, which usually takes several weeks. Once rooted, the new Clematis plant can be acclimated to outdoor conditions and eventually planted in its permanent location.