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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