Clematis recta 'Lime Close' - Serious Black™ Clematis - Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Serious Black™ Clematis

Clematis recta 'Serious Black™' (Lime Close)

Also called Bush Clematis, Ground Clematis

  • Flower Colour: Fragrant white flowers in large airy clusters
  • Flower Size: 3 cm
  • Bloom Time: All summer
  • Pruning Group: 2
  • Foliage emerges deep purple-black and matures to olive-green
  • Small compound-ovate leaves with 5-9 leaflets
  • Small fluffy silver seed heads
  • Vigorous habit
  • Rebloomer



6 m

1 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Clematis grow best in a rich, moist to average, well-drained soil, in full sun. Protection from intense afternoon sun is beneficial. Large flowering bi-colours, reds and blues, may fade quickly if planted in direct sun. Roots need a cool environment to thrive; it is recommended to plant a ground cover or shallow-rooted perennial to shade the roots; mulching is suggested. Plant the crown 3-5 cm below the soil's surface. 

Additional Notes about Serious Black™ Clematis:

Clematis are grouped into three different categories for pruning and maintenance:

Group 2: Large flowering hybrids (mid-June and rebloomers) - bloom on short stems from the previous years growth, often reblooming on the new growth in late summer.  Prune in early spring: remove all dead and weak stems, on healthy stems, prune weak tips back to plump green buds. If plants are pruned after the first flush of flower, they will have better branching, but the second flush of flowers will be lost.