Clematis vitalba

Clematis vitalba_Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy
Photo: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

Synonyms: Anemone vitalba

Common names: old man's beard; traveler's joy

Clematis vitalba (old man’s beard) is a vine (family Ranunculaceae) with white flowers and oval-shaped leaves found in the central coast ranges of California. It is native to the United Kingdom. It favors forests and woodlands. It spreads via seeds and roots. Means of dispersal include water, wind, humans and animals.

Cal-IPC Rating: Moderate — Alert?

CDFA Rating: A?


Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Clematis vitalba Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • GBIF - Global distribution information.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • The Plant List - Global taxonomic resource and collaborative clearinghouse from Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Missouri Botanic Garden and others.
  • Additional photos

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    Clematis vitalba (old man's beard) flowers. Photo: © 2018 Neal Kramer
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    Clematis vitalba (old man's beard) infestation. Photo: © 2018 Neal Kramer
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    Clematis vitalba (old man's beard) leaves and stem. Photo: © 2018 Neal Kramer
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    Clematis vitalba (old man's beard) seeds. Photo: © 2015 Neal Kramer