The Q&A Archives: How Does Clematis Attach Itself?

Question: I just love your Niobe Clematis and am considering planting one beside my front steps. I envision it climbing up the three step hand rail and up the one column on my front stoop. My question is, how does the Clematis attach itself? Will I encounter a problem with it ruining the wood? I certainly wouldn't want to cause any problems for the railing and column. Please advise.

Answer: Clematis scrambles up by twining and catching its leaves on supports, it does not use sticky feet or hairs to cling. It will not mar the surface. However, it needs something to twine around such as trellis or even wire mesh wrapped around the column. It would not be able to climb a sheer surface on its own.

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