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Clematis recta 'Serious Black™' (Lime Close)

Also called Bush Clematis, Ground Clematis

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

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

More About Clematis recta Serious Black™ ('Lime Close')

  • 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

Interesting Notes:

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.




6 m


1 m



Serious Black™ Clematis 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 planting 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. Clematis are slow to establish and initially need to be tied to a trellis or fence to begin climbing.

Clematis recta Serious Black™ ('Lime Close') Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average

Growth Rate




Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum
Lt. Sum-Fall



Foliage Color


Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)

 Suitable Substitutions for Clematis recta 'Serious Black™' (Lime Close)