Traveller's-joy - Clematis vitalba

Alternative names
Old Man's Beard

Stout, clambering, woody climber to 30 metres. Leaves pinnate with toothed leaflets. Flowers greenish white 18 to 20 mm, fragrant, in large panicles, terminal or lateral. Fruits forming large, silvery grey silky masses that persist well into the winter.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, scrub.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Locally fairly frequent in England south of the Humber and south Wales.

VC55 Status

Quite local in its distribution in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 50 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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