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does anyone know what this is? my husband found it climbing up a tree. image

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,985

    clematis - also called 'old man's beard' because of the seed heads

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  • Fabulou! Thanks. 

    do you know if it's possible to grow it from seed?

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,985

    You can, and there's some info here - 

    http://www.britishclematis.org.uk/seed.htm

    But, if it was a cultivated clematis (the types with showy flowers) the seed may well not come true to its parent plant, so you'll have no idea as to what sort of clematis will grow from the seed, and it may not germinate at all.
    If it came from a 'wild' clematis it should come true and resemble the parent.

    Plants can be very promiscuous ;)

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • The wild type of clematis known as Old Man's Beard and also Traveller's Joy will grow into a huge plant. 

    If you like the seedheads there are slightly more manageable clematis with attractive flowers which also have the lovely feathery seedheads - one of the best is C. Bill Mackenzie  shown here (scroll down for the seedhead pic) http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-bill-mackenzie.html 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,996

    the leaves don't look right for Clematis vitalba to me. Maybe Richard H is around and will be able to say.

    If you've got some nice plump seeds at the base of the beards they should be fertile but if they're thin they probably aren't. 



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