Produces abundant masses of small (3/4" diameter), fragrant, white fringed flowers in late spring to early summer. Clematis recta Serious Black™ (AKA Clematis r. 'Lime Close') Clematis recta is an unusual species of Clematis in that it is a free-standing shrub rather than a climbing vine. The species is native to woodland areas of Europe. Flowers … Plant database entry for Clematis (Clematis recta Serious Black™) with 9 images, one comment, and 36 data details. Clematis (Clematis recta Serious Black™) in the Clematis Database - Garden.org New and Unread Tree-Mails Clematis recta 'Serious Black' - 1 gal (16" tall) ... Noteworthy Characteristics This ground clematis can be trained to climb, but is usually left alone to crawl along the ground as the common name suggests. After flowering, new foliage is dark purple again, and compared to Clematis 'Purpurea', … This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Clematis recta 'Serious Black ™', also known as Clematis 'Lime Close' is an upright herbaceous clematis with glossy purple foliage in the spring and many masses of white flowers blooming atop 3' clumps of olive green foliage in summer. Serious Black™ Ground Clematis is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.