Clematis White Swan Clematis 'White Swan' (A/d)

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


Clematis 'White Swan' presents itself with a picturesque display of creamy-white flowers. Each bloom is composed of broad, overlapping petals that taper elegantly to a point, giving them a delicate appearance. At the center of the flowers, a cluster of pale yellow stamens creates a soft contrast, adding a touch of warmth to the cool white petals. These stamens create a striking focal point and attract pollinators to the blossoms. The foliage of Clematis 'White Swan' provides a lush backdrop for its flowers, with leaves that are deep green and sometimes slightly leathery in texture. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems, and they are composed of leaflets, which can vary in number and shape but generally have a smooth margin. Throughout its blooming period, Clematis 'White Swan' is a magnet for garden admirers and an ideal choice for those desiring a touch of elegance in their garden setting. It can provide a stunning display when allowed to climb up trellises, fences, or other supports, where its flowers can be showcased against the sky or a contrasting background. With its beautiful blooms and appealing foliage, this Clematis cultivar is a charming and graceful addition to any garden space.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Clematis, Old Man's Beard, Leather Flower, Vine.

    • Common names

      Clematis 'White Swan'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Clematis, also known as 'White Swan,' is considered toxic to humans. Although it is mainly grown for ornamental purposes, if any part of this plant is ingested, it can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and salivation. Contact with the sap may also result in skin irritation or dermatitis in sensitive individuals. It is pertinent to exercise caution and keep the plant out of reach of children who might accidentally ingest its parts.

    • To pets

      The Clematis, commonly referred to just as clematis, is poisonous to pets like cats and dogs. If pets ingest parts of the plant, they may suffer from symptoms including excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, even ataxia or seizures. The clematis contains protoanemonin, an irritant substance that can cause these adverse effects. It is crucial to keep this plant away from pets to avoid any accidental ingestion and potential health complications.

  • 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

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The Clematis 'White Swan' adds visual interest to gardens with its vibrant white flowers and can be used as a focal point in landscaping designs.
    • Versatility: This plant can be trained to climb up trellises, fences, and arbors, or it can be left to sprawl as ground cover, making it versatile for various garden layouts and styles.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: The blossoms of the Clematis 'White Swan' attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, contributing to the health of the local ecosystem.
    • Seasonal Interest: With a flowering period that spans from late spring to early fall, this plant provides interest throughout much of the growing season.
    • Privacy: When grown on structures, the Clematis 'White Swan' can create natural privacy screens that are both attractive and functional.
    • Shade Provision: Trained over a pergola or gazebo, this clematis can provide a natural canopy of shade during the hotter months.
    • Easy to Grow: The Clematis 'White Swan' is known for being hardy and relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Space Efficiency: As a climbing plant, it has a vertical growing habit that is ideal for small gardens where floor space is limited.

  • 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 'White Swan' can be used in craft projects, such as pressing its flowers for bookmarks or greeting cards to add a touch of natural beauty.
    • The plant can be trained to grow over arbors or trellises, creating an elegant floral canopy for garden paths or outdoor sitting areas.
    • The vines of Clematis 'White Swan' can be used as a natural screen, offering privacy to gardens and outdoor spaces when grown along fences or walls.
    • Clematis petals can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, yielding subtle hues that are especially attractive in homemade textiles or craft projects.
    • Gardeners might use fallen Clematis flowers as a mulch for garden beds, which can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.
    • The plant's tendrils can be artistically arranged in a clear vase, as part of a minimalist floral arrangement that highlights their delicate structure and form.
    • Photographers may take advantage of Clematis 'White Swan's' striking white flowers as a backdrop for portrait photography, especially in the spring and summer.
    • Floral designers might incorporate dried Clematis 'White Swan' seed heads into autumnal wreaths or decorative arrangements for their fluffy, unique texture.
    • When establishing a wildlife-friendly garden, Clematis 'White Swan' can provide nesting material for birds with its twining stems and foliage.
    • During winter, the mature vine's structure of Clematis 'White Swan' offers visual interest to otherwise barren gardens with its intricate, woody framework.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Mental Agility: Clematis often symbolizes cleverness and intellectual aspiration, with the 'White Swan' variety its pristine color aligns with the clarity of thought.
    • Spiritual Enlightenment: The upward growth habit of clematis is sometimes seen as a quest for higher understanding, and the ‘White Swan’ suggests purity and truth in this journey.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The unique beauty of the 'White Swan' clematis can represent creativity or the muse for poets and artists.
    • Perseverance: Clematis can cling and adapt to many surfaces for support, analogous to an individual's ability to persevere through challenges.

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

    Clematis 'White Swan', or more commonly known as the clematis vine, should be watered thoroughly with a deep soaking method, allowing water to reach the root system, once a week during the growing season. During hot and dry periods, increase the frequency to every 3 to 5 days, providing about one gallon of water each time. In the colder months, reduce watering to every two weeks, ensuring that the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. The amount of water may need to be adjusted based on rainfall and the specific climate conditions in your area.

  • sunLight

    The clematis vine thrives best in conditions where it can receive at least six hours of sunlight a day, making a sunny spot in the garden ideal. However, it's important to provide shade for the root area, so consider planting low growing shrubs or placing mulch around the base of the plant. Partial shade is acceptable as well, but too much shade may reduce blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Clematis vines prefer a moderate climate with temperatures ranging between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate a minimum temperature of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit but may die back to the ground in these colder temperatures and return in the spring. To ensure the best growth, try to maintain an environment that doesn't fluctuate wildly beyond these ranges.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the clematis vine is essential for promoting vigorous growth and enhancing flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring, removing any dead or weak stems. For 'White Swan', which is a Group 2 clematis, lightly prune after the first bloom in early summer to shape the plant and encourage a second round of flowers. Prune just above a pair of healthy buds about a foot off the ground.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis prefers a rich, well-draining soil mix with a pH of around 6.5 to 7.0. For Clematis 'White Swan', a mixture of loamy garden soil, compost, and well-rotted manure is ideal, ensuring fertility and proper drainage. A layer of mulch can help retain moisture and keep the roots cool.

  • plantRepotting

    Clematis 'White Swan' generally does not require frequent repotting and can thrive in the same pot for several years. It should be repotted only when it has outgrown its current container, typically every 3 to 4 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Clematis 'White Swan' is tolerant of typical outdoor humidity levels and does not require any special humidity considerations. It can thrive in the humidity levels present in most temperate climates as long as other growing conditions are met.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, cool base, and some support to climb on.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun, mulch base, provide support to climb, prune as needed.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'White Swan' begins its life cycle as a seed, which, when sown in well-draining soil and given the proper light conditions, germinates and develops into a seedling. The seedling then grows into a young vine, prioritizing the development of a robust root system and initial vine growth. As it matures, the vine develops a network of stems that climb and spread, relying on structures or supports to aid its growth habit. The Clematis 'White Swan' reaches a stage of flowering maturity, producing large, white, showy flowers typically from late spring to early summer, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. After pollination, the plant produces feathery seed heads which mature and eventually release seeds, thereby completing the reproductive cycle. Over the years, the perennial nature of Clematis 'White Swan' allows it to die back to the ground during the winter and regrow in the following spring, repeating its life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The popular method for propagating the Clematis 'White Swan', commonly known as Clematis, is by layering, particularly in late winter or early spring. For this, a healthy stem is chosen and a small incision is made on it, which is then pinned down to the soil using a U-shaped pin or a piece of wire. The incised portion, now in contact with the soil, should be covered with soil and kept moist to encourage rooting. Over time, roots develop at the point of incision. Once the rooted stem has established a sufficient root system, which could take a full growing season, it can be severed from the parent plant and transplanted to the desired location.