Answer: Based on your description I am not certain what happened. Sometimes this plant is affected by a disease called clematis wilt, which causes it to suddenly wilt and seem to die just as it blooms. If this happens, there is a chance it will come back next year from the roots. Occasionally there can be root damage by voles, or some other physical damage that kills a clematis. Another possibility might be accidental herbicide exposure. Sometimes it takes some detective work to figure out why a plant has died. I'm sorry about your clematis.
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