Need help identifying autumn flowering vine. - Knowledgebase Question

Belvidere, NJ
Question by marthalt
September 30, 2006
Hi- I have a flowering vine that began blooming about two weeks ago. The vine and leaves look like clematis, but the flowers are tiny clusters of long, white, trumpet-shaped stars with a hint of violet. They smell wonderful, but no one seems to have info on what it is. I actually found the vine in the middle of a hosta plant I got from the garden center of a large home center, and moved it to my trellis to see what would happen.

I do have photos available if you'd be able to assist me in identifying this lovely specimen.

Thanking you in advance,

Martha Linbo-Terhaar


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Answer from NGA
September 30, 2006

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While I can think of some white flowered fragrant vines, the "hint of violet" is not ringing a bell with the exception of some of the jasmines -- and their blooms are starry, not trumpets. But, here are some possibilities.

I should mention this might be the sweet autumn or fall blooming clematis (Clematis paniculata) since the leaves are clematis-like, although I would describe these flowers as looking starry. You may need to cut and paste the complete url to make it work correctly.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/...

Night jessamine or jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) has white tublular blooms, extremely fragrant.

http://www.floridata.com/ref/C...

Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis) has trumpet shaped blooms in clusters, but the foliage is more leathery than a clematis.

http://www.plantfacts.com/Fami...

If your vine is not one of the above, I would suggest you check with a professionally trained nurseryman, your local county extension, or possibly work with a reference librarian to see if you can identify it from a photo. Good luck with your quest!




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