The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is ASCEND.
I planted this Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) next to a pine tree in my previous garden in Chapel Hill. I watched it grow rapidly in just a few years until it ascended to about fifteen feet. It is gloriously striking in bloom, BUT all those lovely blossoms became airborne seeds and found their way every where. They looked like dandelion seeds in the air; that should have been a clue. I eventually had to remove it; it is simply a beautiful but super invasive pest.
Garden readers beware!
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Beautiful. What a shame it had to go. Sounds like knotweed here. It has such lovely flowers late summer, and grows really tall, but is soooo invasive!
I found seedlings some five or six years later coming up in daylilies and peonies. Ugh.
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Maybe try a different variety – there are over 300 according to Google.
Thanks, Stephen. I have several delightful ones in my current garden.
I have this planted against a wall in a foot wide piece of soil next to a pathway. It is intertwined with a spring clematis. so far it has not invaded and if it did invade the interlocking bricks of the pathway then good luck to it!
I hope it doesn’t show up in unwanted spaces.
I will take note and let you know!
Dangerous but magnificent! I do have a neighbor who grows this Clematis along his back fence.
It may be that our ecosystem here in NC is conducive to the germination of the seeds. I hope that is not the case for you. It definitely is growing wild all around me.
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