I’ve found that Sweet Autumn Clematis is not always hardy in our area. Vines are slow to revive in spring, and some we just have to declare as
dead. Luckily, I discovered the native Clematis virginiana. Those who hike among waterways and open woodlands may recognize this plant as Old Man’s Beard due to the fluffy seedhead that follows the flowers.
Clematis virginiana has white flowers like Sweet Autumn Clematis and begins bloom a bit earlier, around August 10. It is vigorous and self-seeds readily. Plants are easily removed if not desired and can be shared with friends.