Clematis montana - Anemone clematis

Origin and Distribution

Anemone clematis is native to East Asia and belongs to the buttercup family.


Anemone clematis is a strong and quickly growing climbing plant that grows up to 8 m high. It’s leaves are subdivided into three smaller leaves, which are decoratively dyed red at the shoots and the leaf base. The anemone-like flowers with four flower petals appear in May in extraordinary abundance. Depending on the variety their colours range from white to pink. The yellow stamens are very beautiful.

Interesting Facts

The generic name Clematis derives from the greek word “clema”, which stands for plant stem. There are about 300 different species of Clematis worldwide. Most of them can be found in the temperate zones of Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Anemone clematis contains protoanemonin, just like any other plant of the buttercup family. protoanemonin is toxic and irritates the skin. It can cause reddened skin and itchiness.

Garden Design

Anemone clematis prefer sunny to semi-shady and rather moist places in sheltered locations. Their root zone should be overgrown by plants or mulched to be shaded.

Anemone clematis is one of the most beautiful and amazingly rich flowering species of clematis. Because of their strong growth even high walls and trees can be greened as long as stable climbing aids are available.

In particular, combinations with white and purple climbing roses, whose flowers complement and follow the clematis flowers, look very nice.  Moreover purple and crimson coloured plant partners look very charming together with Anemone clematis. It’s a great sight, when the light pink Clematis montana ‘Rubens’ interacts with a copper beech.

Compared to the large-flowered clematis hybrids the flowers of the anemone clematis are rather small (around 6 cm), but their flower size is totally balanced by their abundant flowering.

Pruning should take place immediately after flowering as anemone clematis bloom at the old wood.

Anemone Clematis is much less prone to diseases such as clematis wilt than the large-flowered hybrids.