Clematis Tie Dye Clematis 'Tie Dye' (LL)

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


Clematis 'Tie Dye' is a stunning flowering vine that boasts a beautiful display of large, star-shaped blossoms. The petals are a striking combination of colors that appear as though they have been tie-dyed, typically featuring a blend of vibrant purples and whites with occasional splashes of pink. Each petal is unique, with the colors swirling into each other in unpredictable and striking patterns, much like the fabric dyeing technique it is named after. The center of the flower is accented with a dense cluster of contrasting stamens, which add an additional layer of texture and color to the blooms. These stamens usually have bright yellow tips that stand out against the petals, drawing in pollinators and admirers alike. The foliage of Clematis 'Tie Dye' is comprised of deep green leaves that form an attractive backdrop to the colorful flowers. The leaves are usually compound, with several leaflets per leaf, and they have a lush, healthy appearance that provides a dense and vibrant green cover for trellises, arbors, and other structures that the vine climbs. Blooming occurs from late spring to early summer, and then the plant may bloom again in late summer or early fall, ensuring a long season of interest. The flowers are usually plentiful and can cover the vine in a profusion of color, making Clematis 'Tie Dye' a dramatic addition to any garden space where it can be properly showcased. As the blossoms gently fade, they are replaced by fluffy seed heads that also provide visual interest. The Clematis 'Tie Dye' is a deciduous plant, which means it will lose its leaves in the winter, but its woody vines will remain until new growth begins again in the spring. It is appreciated for its ornamental qualities and its ability to enhance vertical spaces in the garden with its showy blooms and lush foliage.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Queen of the Climbers, Leather Flower, Traveler's Joy, Virgin's Bower

    • Common names

      Clematis 'Tie Dye' (LL).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis, including the 'Tie Dye' variety, contains compounds that can be toxic to humans if ingested. The plant has irritant glycosides that can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and salivation. In severe cases, ingesting large quantities can lead to internal bleeding of the digestive system and nervous system complications. Always handle Clematis with care to avoid skin irritation and never ingest any part of the plant.

    • To pets

      Clematis, including the 'Tie Dye' variety, is toxic to pets. If ingested by animals, it can cause similar symptoms to those in humans, such as drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and possible irritation to the mouth and gastrointestinal tract. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to convulsions, paralysis, or even fatalities. It is important to prevent pets from chewing on 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

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Vibrant Aesthetics: Adds visual interest to the garden with its unique purple and white 'tie dye' patterned flowers.
    • Versatility: Can be used in various garden designs, including trellises, arbors, walls, or as a ground cover.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Flowers attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies, promoting a healthy ecosystem.
    • Seasonal Interest: Offers a long blooming period from late spring to early fall, providing extended color in the landscape.
    • Privacy Screen: When grown along fences or walls, it can create a natural privacy barrier.
    • Space Efficient: Ideal for small gardens or spaces, as it grows vertically and can be trained to climb without taking up much ground area.
    • Easy Propagation: Can be propagated from cuttings, making it easy to share with friends or expand within your own garden.
    • Perennial Growth: Being a perennial, it returns year after year, reducing the need for annual replanting.

  • 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 'Tie Dye' can be used in art projects, such as pressing the flowers for decorative purposes in scrapbooking or card making.
    • The vine can be trained to grow on various shapes for thematic garden displays, for example, creating a heart-shaped plant sculpture for a wedding or event.
    • Photography enthusiasts may use the distinctive pattern of the 'Tie Dye' flowers as subjects for macro photography to explore color and texture.
    • The striking flowers can be used as inspiration for textile design, with their patterns used in fabric prints for fashion or home decor.
    • Educational activities can include using the growth of Clematis 'Tie Dye' to teach children or students about climbing plants and tendrils in botany classes.
    • As a natural dye, the petals may be boiled to create a light or subtle dye for fabrics, though results may vary given the 'Tie Dye' variation.
    • The plant can play a role in ceremonies where live plants are incorporated into the decor, such as a living backdrop for graduations or formal receptions.
    • Garden hobbyists might use the plant in competitive gardening, perfecting the art of espalier to create intricate designs on walls or fences.
    • The flowers can be used in culinary presentations as a non-toxic, decorative garnish for salads or desserts, although they should not be consumed in large quantities or by those with plant allergies.
    • Clematis 'Tie Dye' can be utilized in mindfulness and relaxation practices in gardens designed for meditation, with their gentle movement and soft appearance adding to the tranquil environment.

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 Creativity: The variety of colors and patterns in the 'Tie Dye' Clematis is symbolic of artistic expression and individuality, much like the tie-dye technique itself.
    • Mental Beauty: Clematis plants in general are often seen as emblems of intelligence and thoughtfulness, with their intricate and detailed flowers suggesting a beauty that is as much mental as it is physical.
    • Spiritual Pursuit: The climbing nature of the Clematis can represent spiritual exploration and striving toward higher understanding or enlightenment.
    • Resilience: As Clematis 'Tie Dye' returns to bloom each year, it can symbolize perseverance and the ability to thrive despite challenges, embodying the idea of blooming anew.

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

    The Clematis 'Tie Dye', commonly known as Clematis, should be watered thoroughly to ensure even moisture throughout the root zone. Aim to water this plant once a week, providing about one gallon of water per session, to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. During peak summer months or in particularly dry conditions, the frequency may increase to twice per week. Conversely, reduce watering during the winter when the Clematis is dormant. Overhead watering should be avoided to prevent leaf and stem diseases; instead, direct the water at the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    Clematis 'Tie Dye' thrives best in areas where it can receive at least six hours of sunlight daily, so a spot with partial to full sun exposure is ideal. However, it is beneficial to provide some shade during the hottest part of the day to protect the vines from scorching. The base of the plant and the root zone should be kept shaded either with mulch or companion plants, to ensure the roots stay cool.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal temperature range for the Clematis 'Tie Dye' is between 55°F and 75°F. It can tolerate minimum temperatures down to around 20°F, and maximum summer temperatures as high as 85°F, but prolonged exposure outside of its ideal range can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Clematis 'Tie Dye' to encourage strong growth, remove dead or weak stems, and promote flowering. It is best pruned in early spring before new growth begins. This variety falls into pruning group 2, meaning it blooms on both old and new wood; so only light pruning to shape the plant and remove dead wood is necessary. Every few years, a more extensive prune may be done to rejuvenate the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis 'Tie Dye', also known as Jackman Clematis, thrives best in a well-draining soil mix composed of loam, compost, and well-rotted manure, with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. The soil should retain moisture yet not become waterlogged to prevent root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Jackman Clematis typically requires repotting every 2-3 years to replenish nutrients in the soil and to accommodate the growing root system. It's best to repot in the early spring before the active growing season commences.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Jackman Clematis prefer average garden humidity and do not have specific humidity requirements. Maintaining natural outdoor conditions is generally sufficient for their growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Jackman Clematis near a bright window and ensure adequate support for climbing.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in deep, fertile soil with sun at the top and shade at the roots.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Clematis 'Tie Dye' starts its life as a seed, which, when sown in well-drained soil and given adequate sunlight and warmth, will germinate. As a seedling, it begins to develop its root system and sprouts its first leaves, relying on the stored energy in the seed until it can photosynthesize. In its vegetative stage, it grows rapidly, producing long vines and distinctive leaves; it will require support to climb, as it is a vine species. As it reaches maturity, the plant will begin to produce its unique bicolored flowers, which are most commonly blue with a splash of pink resembling a tie-dye pattern, usually blooming in late spring to early summer. After pollination, typically by bees or butterflies, it will produce seed heads, ensuring the next generation of plants. Finally, in the fall, the Clematis 'Tie Dye' enters a period of dormancy, with its above-ground portions dying back, while the root system remains alive to restart the cycle come spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • Clematis 'Tie Dye,' a beautiful climber known for its unique and vibrant flowers, is commonly propagated through softwood cuttings. This method is especially popular because it allows gardeners to clone the parent plant, ensuring that the new plants will bear the same stunning blooms. The best time to take softwood cuttings is in late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing and the new stems are long enough but not yet hardened. A typical process involves selecting a healthy stem without flower buds and cutting a length of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm), making sure it includes at least two sets of leaves or nodes. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end may be dipped into a rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth. The cutting is then placed in a well-draining soil mixture, kept moist but not overly wet, and placed in a warm spot with indirect light. In a few weeks, new roots should start to form, at which point the new Clematis can eventually be transplanted into the garden.