Clematis crispa

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Swamp Leather Flower


Plant Specifics

Size:typically 4-6 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant, long bloom period (spring-fall)
Habitats:Riverine swamps, wet hammocks. This species can be seen near the boardwalks at Flint Creek and Sargeant Parks in Hillsborough County.


Recommended Uses:Grow on a trellis or fence.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Attracts  hummingbords.

Larval host for mournful thyris (Thyris sepulchralis).

Attracts bees and butterflies.