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Uses

Toxic parts

Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some if not all members of this genus are mildly poisonous. The toxic principle is dissipated by heat or by drying[1].

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Clematis ligusticifolia.

Material uses

The seed floss makes an excellent tinder for starting fires, a spark from a flint will quickly ignite it[2].

The seed floss can be used as an insulation in shoes etc[2]. It has also been used in baby's nappies[3]. The stems have been used to make a string[3].

A shampoo made from the roots can be used as a hair shampoo[3].

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

White clematis was employed medicinally by a number of native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a variety of complaints, but especially as an external application on sores etc[3]. It is rarely used in modern herbalism but probably merits investigation[K].

A decoction of the plant is used to treat colds and sore throats[2][3]. It has also been used as a general tonic when feeling out of sorts[3]. An infusion of the white bark has been used as a febrifuge[4][3]. An infusion of the roots has been used to treat headaches and stomach aches[3]. A poultice of the foliage has been used to treat chest pains and rheumatic joints[3]. An infusion of the plant has been used as a wash for skin eruptions, sores, wounds, backaches, swollen limbs, tired feet, syphilitic sores, eczema etc[3]. The stalks and roots have been used to make a woman's contraceptive[3]. A poultice made from the cut stems has been applied to the teeth for treating toothache[3].

A poultice of the mashed, moistened seeds has been applied to severe burns[3].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Climber

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[5][6]. Sow stored seed as soon as it is obtained in a cold frame. Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and remove as much of the tail and outer coat as possible[5]. A period of cold stratification is beneficial[5]. The seed germinates in 1 - 9 months or more at 20°c[5]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Internodal cuttings of soft to semi-ripe wood, late spring in sandy soil in a frame[6]. Layering of old stems in late winter or early spring[6].

Layering of current seasons growth in early summer[6].

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Cultivation

Prefers a deep moist soil with its roots in the shade[7][6]. Dislikes poorly-drained heavy clay soils, but grows well in clay if grit is added for drainage[7][6]. Dislikes light sandy soils[7]. Does well on chalk[8]. Succeeds in acid as well as alkaline soils[6].

When planting out, in order to avoid the disease 'clematis wilt', it is best to plant the rootball about 8cm deeper in the soil. This will also serve to build up a good root crown of growth buds[6]. A twining plant[9]. The leafstalks wrap themselves around twigs and branches for support. When a side of the stalk touches an object, the growth on that side slows down whilst the other side grows at its normal rate - this causes the leaf stalk to entwine the object it is touching[2]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[10].

A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[11].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Clematis ligusticifolia. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Clematis ligusticifolia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Clematis ligusticifolia
Genus
Clematis
Family
Ranunculaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    ?
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    5 x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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