Belongs to: climbers

Traveller's joy Clematis vitalba

Also known as: Old man's beard


Best time to see: Jul to end Nov

Key facts

Our native wild clematis, twining through hedgerows and sometimes high up into trees

Scented flowers with four greenish petals and conspicuous yellow stamens appear in late summer

Hairy seeds in dense clusters soemtimes persist right through the winter, hence the common name 'Old man's beard'

  • Main photo
  • seedheads

Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton