Double Clematis Clematis florida var. flore-pleno 'Plena' (d)

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


The Clematis florida var. flore-pleno 'Plena' commonly referred to as the Double Clematis, showcases a breathtaking display of ornate flowers. Its blossoms are double-flowered, meaning that they have more petals than the typical clematis, which gives them a fuller, more luxurious appearance. The petals are beautifully arranged in a symmetrical fashion, resembling rosettes, often creating a dense, lush visual aspect to the vine. Each flower of the Double Clematis exhibits a creamy white color, sometimes with a hint of green, especially in the newer blooms. As the flowers mature, they may develop a more pure white tone. They are notable for their texture; the multiple layers of petals add a depth and richness that is quite striking. The leaves are bright to mid-green, glossy, and form an attractive backdrop to the impressive blooms. They are oppositely arranged and pinnately compound, meaning that each leaf is composed of several smaller leaflets arranged on either side of a common stalk. The vine itself is known to be robust and can often be seen climbing trellises, walls, or other structures with the assistance of its twining leaf tendrils which it uses to anchor itself as it grows. Overall, the double flowers lend a romantic aura to any garden space and are particularly enchanting when they are in full bloom. The beauty of the Double Clematis is further enhanced when contrasted against its own foliage or when combined with other garden plants, providing a dramatic and eye-catching display.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Double Clematis, Florida Clematis 'Plena', Peony Clematis

    • Common names

      Clematis florida var. flore-pleno 'Plena'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, a popular flowering vine, is known for its beauty more than its toxicity. However, it does contain compounds that can be harmful if ingested. Symptoms of clematis poisoning in humans may include irritation of the mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, formation of ulcers in the mouth or throat. Skin contact with the sap may also cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals. It is generally advised to handle clematis with care and avoid consuming any part of the plant.

    • To pets

      Clematis possesses compounds that can be toxic to pets when ingested. Symptoms of clematis poisoning in pets, which can include dogs, cats, and horses, are similar to those in humans. Ingestion can lead to drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and possibly mouth and esophagus ulcers. Dermatitis might also occur if a pet's skin comes into contact with the sap. Pet owners should prevent their animals from chewing on or eating any part of the clematis plant.

  • 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 Value: The Clematis florida 'Plena' features lush, double-petaled flowers that add aesthetic appeal to gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts Wildlife: Its blooms can attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, enhancing biodiversity.
    • Vertical Growth: This climbing plant is ideal for small gardens as it grows vertically and can be trained on trellises, walls, or fences, saving horizontal space.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides visual interest across multiple seasons with its attractive foliage and blooms.
    • Easy to Pair: With its elegant flowers, it can be easily combined with other plants in mixed borders or garden beds for beautiful designs.
    • Durability: Once established, Clematis florida 'Plena' is relatively hardy and can withstand different climatic conditions 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 can be used in floral arrangements, especially the 'Plena' variety, whose double flowers add an elegant touch to bouquets and centerpieces.
    • The long-lasting blooms of this variety made them suitable for adornments in bridal hair or as part of wedding decor, adding a natural and romantic flair.
    • Crafting enthusiasts could use dried Clematis flowers to create botanical art pieces or to ornament wreath compositions with their intricate textures.
    • Garden photographers often favor 'Plena' Clematis as a subject for their work, capturing the detail and beauty of its flowers.
    • Due to their climbing nature, Clematis 'Plena' can be trained to grow over unsightly structures or to cover old fences, providing a natural disguise.
    • Bee and butterfly gardeners sometimes plant Clematis to attract pollinators, though 'Plena' may be less effective due to its double flowers.
    • Clematis vines, including 'Plena', can be used as a living curtain for privacy screens or to create shaded garden nooks.
    • In landscape design, this plant is used to add vertical interest and to break up the monotony of low-lying plantings in a garden setting.
    • Educational institutions and botanical gardens may use Clematis 'Plena' as a teaching tool to illustrate plant growth habits, vine training, or pruning techniques.
    • Film and stage set designers might incorporate Clematis 'Plena' to create an enchanting, whimsical backdrop or to evoke a particular season or setting.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Clematis, as a climbing plant, can be utilized in Feng Shui to introduce upward growing energy symbolizing growth and aspiration. In areas where you want to enhance the Wood element, such as the East for health or Southeast for wealth, Clematis can be effectively used. Its lush, verdant blooms can also soften sharp corners, which are considered to bring negative energy. Moreover, since clematis blooms come in a variety of colors, one could choose a color that corresponds to a specific Feng Shui element, such as white for Metal or purple for Wealth, and use it to strengthen that area of their life.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Clematis, often known as the "Queen of the Climbers," can grow in harsh conditions, symbolizing the ability to persevere and flourish despite challenges.
    • Spiritual Quest: With its tendency to reach up towards the heavens, Clematis represents a striving for higher knowledge and spiritual enlightenment.
    • Creativity: The flamboyant and varied blooms of Clematis inspire creativity, symbolizing the beauty that comes from artistic expression.
    • Mental Beauty: In Victorian floriography, Clematis was given to imply the beauty of ingenuity or the joy of intellectual pursuits.
    • Artistic Inspirations: The complex form of 'Plena' Clematis blooms, in particular, represents the inspiration for art, with their double-layered petals showing depth and complexity.

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

    The Double Clematis needs consistent moisture, so it should be watered thoroughly approximately once a week. However, the frequency may vary based on climatic conditions and soil type; during hot, dry periods, more frequent watering may be necessary. The top inch of soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings to prevent over-watering and root rot. Each watering session should provide enough water to soak the roots deeply, which typically means using about 1 gallon of water per plant, ensuring even distribution around the base of the plant. During the growing season, maintaining a regular watering schedule will support the plant's lush growth and profuse flowering.

  • sunLight

    The Double Clematis thrives best in a location with full sun to partial shade. Ideally, it should receive at least six hours of sunlight every day, although a bit of afternoon shade can be beneficial in hotter climates to prevent overheating. The best spot for this plant is one where the roots can stay cool and shaded, possibly by other low-growing plants or mulch, while the vines can climb up into the sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Double Clematis prefers temperate climates and can typically survive in a temperature range from about 25°F to 85°F. It thrives best in temperatures that do not consistently exceed the mid-70s°F, as cooler temperatures especially at night can promote better blooms. However, they need protection from severe frosts and may require mulching or other protection when temperatures threaten to drop below the lower end of the survivable range.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is key to maintaining the vigor and flower production of the Double Clematis. It should be pruned in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. This type of clematis benefits from cutting back the stems to a pair of strong buds about 6 to 8 inches above the ground, which encourages healthy new growth. Pruning not only helps to shape the plant but also promotes a more abundant bloom. Some light pruning throughout the season can also help remove any dead or weak stems.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Double Clematis is well-draining soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Combine loamy garden soil, compost, well-rotted manure, and perlite or sand to increase drainage. Regular mulching helps maintain soil moisture and cool root temperatures.

  • plantRepotting

    Double Clematis typically needs repotting every 2 to 3 years. It's best done in late winter or early spring, before the onset of the growing season, to minimize stress and allow for robust growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Double Clematis thrives in moderate humidity conditions. Aim to maintain relative humidity around 50-60% for optimal growth. Too low or too high humidity can stress the plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright indirect light and steady temperatures for Double Clematis.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade with well-draining soil for Double Clematis.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Clematis florida 'Plena' begins its life cycle as a seed, which, once sown, germinates in favorable conditions of warmth and moisture. The seedling emerges and develops into a young plant with characteristic trifoliate leaves. As the plant matures, it undergoes vegetative growth, producing long, climbing vines that require support to ascend. During the flowering stage, usually in late spring to early summer, the plant produces double, white, pom-pom-like blooms that are highly ornamental. After pollination, which is often facilitated by insects, the flowers develop into fruits called achenes, each one with a feathery tail that aids in wind dispersal. The plant then enters a period of dormancy in winter, reducing its metabolic activities, only to resume growth and restart the cycle with the coming of spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Clematis florida var. flore-pleno 'Plena', also known as the "Double Clematis," is commonly propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings taken in early to mid-summer. To propagate, a gardener would select a healthy section of stem about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) in length with several leaves. This cutting is then stripped of the lower leaves, leaving at least two sets of leaves at the top. The base of the cutting is dipped in rooting hormone powder to facilitate root development and then inserted into a well-draining potting mix. The pot should be placed in a warm, bright environment without direct sunlight, and the soil should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Roots usually develop within a few weeks, after which the new plant can eventually be transplanted to its permanent location.