Korean Clematis Clematis serratifolia

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


Clematis serratifolia, commonly known as the yellow clematis, is a perennial climbing plant known for its attractive features. The most striking aspect of its appearance is its vibrant, nodding flowers which are typically yellow and have a lantern-like shape. These flowers are comprised of four petal-like sepals, which can sometimes have green or purple tinges on the tips, adding to the visual interest of the plant. The foliage of the yellow clematis consists of serrated, lance-shaped leaves that are medium to dark green in color. These leaves are arranged alternately along the stems, creating a dense leaf cover which can provide a lush backdrop to the brightness of the blossoms. Adding to its charm, once the flowering season concludes, the plant produces ornamental, fluffy seed heads, which are aesthetically appealing in their own right. These seed heads can last into the winter, providing continued interest even after the blooming period has ended. The stems of the yellow clematis are wiry and flexible, enabling the plant to climb over structures and through other vegetation with the help of leaf stalks that function like tendrils, grasping onto supports. This climbing habit makes it a popular choice for growing on trellises, arbors, or along fences, where it can show off its decorative qualities to full effect.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Korean Clematis, Yellow Clematis

    • Common names

      Clematis serratifolia.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Korean clematis (Clematis serratifolia) can be toxic to humans if ingested. Clematis species contain compounds that can cause irritation and are known for their potential to be harmful. Symptoms of poisoning from Korean clematis may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive salivation. Skin contact with sap can cause dermatitis. It is important to handle this plant with care and to avoid ingesting any parts of it.

    • To pets

      Korean clematis is also toxic to pets. If ingested by dogs, cats, or other animals, it can cause similar symptoms to those in humans, including vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, and possibly dermatitis if there is skin contact with the plant's sap. It is imperative to keep this plant out of reach of pets and to consult a veterinarian immediately if there are signs of poisoning.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      10 feet (3 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (1 meter)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Clematis serratifolia, commonly known as yellow clematis, is grown for its attractive flowers and decorative seed heads which add aesthetic beauty to gardens.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The blooms of the yellow clematis can attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to the biodiversity of the area.
    • Privacy Screen: With its climbing habit, it can be used to provide privacy when trained over fences or trellises.
    • Shade Provider: When grown over arbors or pergolas, yellow clematis can provide shade and create a cool area to sit under during hot weather.
    • Vertical Gardening: Yellow clematis is ideal for vertical gardening, making it perfect for small gardens or areas with limited space.
    • Seasonal Interest: It offers seasonal interest with its late-summer to autumn flowering period, at a time when many other plants have finished blooming.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antirheumatic - Clematis serratifolia may have properties that help alleviate symptoms of rheumatic conditions.
    • Diuretic - Traditionally used to promote the production of urine and assist in the removal of excess fluids from the body.
    • Astringent - May have astringent effects, which could help in toning and firming tissues or controlling bleeding.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Clematis serratifolia, commonly known as Yellow Clematis, can be used as a natural dye, providing a range of colors depending on the mordant used during the dyeing process.
    • The stems and vines of Yellow Clematis can be woven into baskets and other artisan crafts due to their pliability and strength when soaked.
    • Extract from the Yellow Clematis can be used in perfumery as a potential source of unique scents, particularly from its flowers.
    • A yellow clematis vine can provide habitat and support for beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, who are attracted to its flowers for nectar.
    • The plant may be used as a teaching tool for botany or horticulture students by demonstrating pruning techniques and vine training in gardening classes.
    • Yellow clematis can act as a natural screen or living curtain when grown over trellises, arbors, or fences, providing privacy and aesthetic beauty.
    • Used in photography or painting, the striking appearance of clematis flowers can serve as an inspiring subject for artists and photographers.
    • The dried seed heads of Yellow Clematis can be used in dried flower arrangements or as part of decorative displays due to their fluffy, unique appearance.
    • Yellow Clematis can be cultivated as a companion plant in vineyards, potentially improving bio-diversity and ecological balance within the vineyard ecosystem.
    • In some cultures, the plant might be used symbolically in ceremonies or rituals, representing concepts like mental agility or clinging nature, due to its climbing habit.

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

    • Mental Agility: The vigorous climbing habit of the Golden Clematis, symbolizes intellectual growth and the ability to navigate complex thoughts much like the plant weaves through its surroundings.
    • Creative Exploration: With its vibrant yellow flowers, the Golden Clematis represents creativity and the blossoming of new ideas, encouraging one to engage in artistic or innovative endeavors.
    • Spiritual Ascension: As a plant that climbs towards the light, the Golden Clematis can be emblematic of spiritual growth and the quest for higher understanding.
    • Adaptability: Given its ability to thrive in various conditions and cling onto multiple surfaces, the Golden Clematis symbolizes adaptability and the capacity to persevere through changing environments.
    • Personal Transformation: The life cycle of the Golden Clematis, from bud to bloom to seed, represents the journey of personal evolution and transformation.

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

    The Korean Clematis needs regular watering, particularly during the growing season from spring to summer. Aim to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. It's best to water deeply once a week with about 1 gallon of water, but this may vary depending on your climate and the size of your plant. Adjust the amount of water during hot or dry spells, ensuring the plant receives enough moisture to prevent the soil from drying out completely. During the winter months, reduce watering as the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    The Korean Clematis thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal location would be a spot where it receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. If you're planting it against a wall or fence, make sure it's an east or west-facing position for optimal light exposure. Avoid deep shade as this will reduce flowering and potentially cause the plant to become leggy.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Korean Clematis is hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures, surviving winter cold as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it thrives best in temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Excessive heat above 95 degrees Fahrenheit may cause the plant to go dormant or stress, so some shade or protection during the hottest parts of the day can be beneficial.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Korean Clematis is essential for shaping the plant, encouraging vigorous growth, and promoting better flowering. Prune in late winter or early spring before active growth begins, removing any dead or weak stems. This variety flowers on new growth, so pruning will also encourage new shoots that bear flowers. It's generally good to prune back the plant by one third every year.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Yellow clematis thrives in a well-draining soil mix with a pH ranging from 6.0 to 7.5. A good potting mix can be made by blending two parts garden soil, one part peat moss or compost, and one part perlite or coarse sand to ensure proper drainage. This combination helps maintain a balanced moisture level while providing essential nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Yellow clematis should generally be repotted every 2-3 years to prevent root crowding and to replenish the nutrient content of the soil. It is best to repot in the spring before the active growing season begins, taking care not to damage the delicate roots.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Yellow clematis prefers a moderate humidity level but is quite adaptable and does not require specific humidity conditions to thrive. While it can tolerate a range of humidity levels, excessive dryness should be avoided, particularly during the active growing season.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright indirect light and well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Choose a sunny spot, offering support for climbing, rich soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      6-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis serratifolia, commonly known as Korean clematis, begins its life as a seed, which requires a period of stratification to break dormancy. Once germinated, the seedling develops a root system and shoots that will form its leaves. As it matures into a flowering vine, it climbs with the help of leaf petioles that act as tendrils. Korean clematis blooms in late summer or early fall, producing yellow, lantern-like flowers. Following pollination, often by bees and other insects, the flowers develop into feathery seed heads consisting of achenes. The seeds disperse, and the plant enters a period of dormancy during the colder months, especially if it is in a temperate region.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Clematis serratifolia, commonly known as Yellow Clematis, is by softwood cuttings. This is typically done in the early summer when the new growth is still soft and pliable. Gardeners should select a healthy stem with at least two sets of leaves and cut it just below a leaf joint, creating a cutting about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long. The lower leaves are removed and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting should then be planted in a pot filled with a mix of peat and perlite, ensuring that at least one leaf node is below the surface. The pot needs to be kept in a bright place out of direct sunlight, and the soil should be kept evenly moist but not waterlogged. Roots typically develop within a few weeks to a couple of months, after which the new Yellow Clematis can be transplanted into its permanent location.