Stems: somewhat pubescent. Leaves: quinate to quinate-ternate, leaflets oblong, acute, incisely lobed and trifid. Flowers: in paniculate corymbs. Fruit: achenes pubescent.

The White Clematis has open clusters of rather small flowers composed of five thin silky petaloid sepals, oblong lobed leaves, and handsome plumose seed-heads. This climbing plant is usually found along the banks of the alpine streams.