Clematis Pseudoalpina

jclepine(8b)June 23, 2010

Can I grow this? I've noticed that I see wild clematis on my hikes above my neighborhood and am thinking of giving it a try.

My main questions are:

Is this something that will do well in my yard? I'm at 8250 elevation and usually see this up higher, starting at around 8500. I can put it in sun or shade or a little of both. I can plant it at the base of a ponderosa pine if that will make it happier but it would be an almost entirely shady area.

Can it grow in a normal flower bed or should I stick it where the soil has not been amended? I do amend my soil with compost but there is a ton of yard that I don't bother with. It is just too much work. So, I have tons of rocky 'local' dirt that I can plant in.

And, for those out there who know their taxonomy, I'm having trouble getting the name right. Is it Clematis pseudoalpina or Clematis columbiana?

Thanks for any input!


Here is a link that might be useful: cute little picture

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just letting this slide down the forum since I received a response on the native forum...

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 7:56PM
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mcfaroff(z5/6 NM)

Hi jclepine, If this the same as the native here in New Mexico, I dug one up and put it in my garden and it is doing well. It is about 2 or 3 years old and gets bigger every hear. It was under a tree and I moved it to a raised bed with amended soil in the shade.Hope that helps, Gloria

    Bookmark   July 1, 2010 at 9:56AM
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Thanks, Gloria, that does help!


    Bookmark   July 3, 2010 at 10:15AM
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