Clematis Clematis 'Moniuszko' (EL)

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


The Clematis 'Moniuszko' is a flowering plant celebrated for its striking blooms. The flowers are typically large and showy, with a generous number of petal-like parts that create a full, layered appearance. The petals are usually a soft, creamy color, often tinged with subtle pink or lilac hues, making the blooms appear delicate and romantic. In the center of each flower, there is a prominent bunch of stamens, which may be a contrasting yellow or cream, adding to the visual interest. The foliage of this plant is also attractive, with leaves that are usually green and can have a shiny or leathery texture. The overall shape is climbing or sprawling, meaning it tends to grow in a manner that covers structures or climbs up supports. The Clematis 'Moniuszko' has a season when it is in full bloom, which can transform a garden into a cascade of its stunning flowers.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Clematis 'Moniuszko', Moniuszko Clematis, EL Clematis.

    • Common names

      Clematis 'Moniuszko' (EL)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Clematis is known for its potential toxicity if ingested. All parts of the plant contain toxic glycosides and can cause symptoms if consumed, which may include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and salivation. In some cases, sever gastrointestinal irritation can occur. It is important for people to handle Clematis with care and wash their hands after contact, as well as to avoid ingesting any part of the plant.

    • To pets

      The Clematis is also toxic to pets and can cause similar symptoms as in humans if ingested. The glycosides present in the plant can lead to vomiting, excessive drooling, diarrhea, and in severe cases, may cause gastrointestinal irritation or upset. Pet owners should prevent their animals from chewing on or consuming any part of a Clematis plant to avoid potential toxicity.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Spread

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Garden Aesthetics: Clematis 'Moniuszko' adds visual interest to gardens with its large, striking flowers.
    • Vertical Growth: As a climbing vine, it can grow vertically and is ideal for decorating fences, trellises, and walls.
    • Seasonal Bloomer: Its blooming season provides seasonal charm and beauty to outdoor spaces.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blossoms attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, promoting biodiversity.
    • Variety of Uses: Suitable for container gardening, making it versatile for those with limited garden space.
    • Easy to Combine: Pairs well with other plants, allowing for creative garden design and companion planting.
    • Durable: Once established, it is a hardy plant that can withstand various climates with proper care.

  • 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 'Moniuszko' can be trained to grow over various structures, like pergolas, to create shady garden areas during warmer months.
    • The woody vines of mature clematis plants can be dried and used in weaving or basket-making crafts.
    • When in bloom, the clematis can be used as a living curtain for outdoor showers or changing areas, providing a natural privacy screen.
    • The plant can be used in college or university botanical programs for educational purposes, showcasing pruning techniques and vine maintenance.
    • Clematis blossoms can be used in ornamentation for special events, such as garden weddings, by creating natural floral backdrops or arches.
    • Photographers may utilize the striking appearance of the clematis vine as a backdrop for portraits and macro photography.
    • The sprawling nature of clematis makes it suitable for use in large, public installations to cover unsightly fences or buildings.
    • Its vigorous growth habit allows the clematis to be used in landscape restoration projects, bringing life and color to areas that need revitalization.
    • Garden designers can use the clematis to create 'living walls' as part of a green architecture approach in urban environments.
    • Florists may incorporate dried clematis stems and seed heads into unique floral arrangements and dried bouquets.

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

    • Resilience and Ingenuity: Clematis is often associated with resilience and cleverness due to its climbing nature and ability to adapt to various structures and environments.
    • Mental Beauty: With its intricate and showy flowers, the clematis symbolizes the beauty of the mind and the value of knowledge and thought.
    • Spiritual Pursuit: The growth pattern of clematis, reaching upwards, symbolizes a spiritual journey or striving towards higher states of being.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The striking appearance of Clematis 'Moniuszko' can inspire creativity and is often linked to the arts and the muse that drives them.

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

    Clematis, commonly known as the Queen of the Vines, requires even moisture, especially during the growing season. Water the plant deeply once a week, ensuring the soil is moist but not saturated. A good rule of thumb is to provide about one gallon of water per week, but adjust this amount during hotter, drier periods or if the plant is in a particularly sunny spot. Ensure the base of the plant does not sit in water, as clematis roots prefer a well-drained situation. During the winter months, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering frequency.

  • sunLight

    Clematis thrives in locations with about 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The ideal spot ensures that the leaves get sun while the roots are shaded either by low-growing plants or a layer of mulch. Some dappled afternoon shade can be beneficial in very hot climates to prevent the leaves from scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Clematis prefers a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from around 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive temporary dips below this range, down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but frost can damage new growth. During the growing season, warmer temperatures are ideal but the roots should remain cool.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning clematis encourages vigorous growth and flowering. For Clematis 'Moniuszko', which flowers on old wood, prune lightly after flowering by removing any dead or weak stems. The best time for pruning is late winter or early spring, removing any dead or damaged growth from the previous season. Pruning also helps maintain the size and shape of the vine.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis 'Moniuszko' prefers a well-draining soil mix with a slightly alkaline to neutral pH, around 7.0 to 7.5. The best soil mix should contain organic matter, like compost or well-rotted manure, to provide adequate nutrients. It should also include elements such as perlite or sand to improve drainage, which is crucial for the health of the clematis.

  • plantRepotting

    Clematis 'Moniuszko' does not require frequent repotting and generally should be repotted every 2-3 years. It's critical to repot only when the plant has outgrown its current container or if the soil has deteriorated.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Clematis 'Moniuszko' tolerates a wide range of humidity conditions and does not require any specific humidity levels. Ensuring good air circulation is more crucial than maintaining specific humidity for this clematis.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light; ensure good air flow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun to part shade; shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'Moniuszko' (EL), commonly known as Clematis, begins its life cycle with seed germination, where the embryonic plant develops roots and shoots after exposure to the right conditions of soil, temperature, and light. The seedling stage follows, where the plant establishes its root system and produces its first true leaves, enabling photosynthesis. During the vegetative stage, the Clematis 'Moniuszko' grows and matures, developing a robust vine with numerous leaves and stems, without producing flowers yet. The reproductive stage occurs when the plant is mature enough to produce buds, which then bloom into characteristic large, showy flowers, attracting pollinators for sexual reproduction. After pollination and fertilization, seed production takes place, with fruits developing that contain the seeds necessary for the next generation. Finally, the plant enters a period of dormancy during colder months, reducing metabolic activity and growth, thereby conserving energy until conditions become favorable again for the next cycle of growth.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Clematis 'Moniuszko', commonly known as simply Clematis, is often propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. The best time for this method is in the summer months when the plant is actively growing and the wood is not yet fully hardened. To propagate, a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long is taken just below a leaf node, and the lower leaves are removed. The cut end is then dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth and planted in well-draining soil. The cutting should be kept moist and in a warm place with indirect light until roots have developed, after which it can be transplanted into the garden or a larger pot for further growth.