Clematis occidentalis
Family: Ranunculaceae
purple clematis, western blue virgin's-bower
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Steve C. Garske  
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Kristine Foley  
Etymology: Clematis: in Greek means "long, lithe branches" and is an ancient name for some climbing plant
Plants: climbing, perennial, up to 6' tall, woody vine
Leaves: long stalked, 3-parted, leaflets mostly with smooth or lobed edges
Flowers: bluish, 4-parted, 1 3/4" long, petal-like sepals; solitary, mostly from the leaf axils; blooms May-June
Fruits: flattened, dry seeds in a dense, rounded, fluffy cluster
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods, forests; in rocky soil
Conservation Status: Native
Clematis occidentalis image
Kristine Foley  
Clematis occidentalis image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Clematis occidentalis image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Clematis occidentalis image
Steve C. Garske  
Clematis occidentalis image
Clematis occidentalis image
Steve C. Garske  
Clematis occidentalis image
Steve C. Garske  
Clematis occidentalis image
Steve C. Garske  
Clematis occidentalis image
Steve C. Garske  
Clematis occidentalis image
Steve C. Garske