Herb latin name: Clematis serratifolia


Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



Edible parts of Clematis serratifolia:

Young shoots - cooked. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Climber

Height:
3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Flowering:
August to
October

Habitat of the herb:

Hedgerows, usually on calcareous soils. Dry forests, slopes, gravelly river banks at around 400 metres in hina.

Propagation of Clematis serratifolia:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Sow stored seed as soon as it is obtained in a cold frame. Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and remove as much of the tail and outer coat as possible. A period of cold stratification is beneficial. The seed germinates in 1 - 9 months or more at 20C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Internodal cuttings of soft to semi-ripe wood, late spring in sandy soil in a frame. Layering of old stems in late winter or early spring. Layering of current seasons growth in early summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Hedgerows, usually on calcareous soils. Dry forests, slopes, gravelly river banks at around 400 metres in hina.

Medicinal use of Clematis serratifolia:

None known

Known hazards of Clematis serratifolia:

Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some if not all members of this genus are mildly poisonous. The toxic principle is dissipated by heat or by drying.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.