Habit: fast growing woody vine with deciduous, delicate green foliage. Large clusters of showy star shaped, fragrant flowers bloom from late winter to early summer. Pipestems normally only have one flower on each stalk. White fruits in fall have many silky haired plumes forming a large sphere.
Ecology: it can be found growing on hillsides, mixed-evergreen forests, canyon slopes and in open woodland, in southern and central California and is usually below 6000 ft (1800 m).
Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade with well-drained dry soil. It prefers shade for its roots, and sun for its top, and is completely drought tolerant when established. More sun it receives the more dramatic the bloom will be and is good for the xeric garden.
Pipestem clematis tolerates more open, drier places, and is widely adaptable, tough, and disease-resistant.