Sunday, January 30, 2011

CLEMATIS

Familyranunculaceae
Life cycleshrub (Z3-7)
Flowersblue (summer)
Size18-36"
Lightsun-part shade
Cultural notesordinary garden soil
From seed temperature cycling may be helpful for germination
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensextended period, starting mid-September

One of the shrubby clematis species. Compared to the tube clematis we also grow, this one has more of a lax habit - at least so far in our garden. It just bloomed for the first time this year (its third in our garden), and I'm very charmed. The buds are held upright, but once opened, the flowers look at their toes. They are a very clear blue, with some petal texture to make them appear two-toned. We'll have to wait a few more years to see its true habit when fully established.
Clematis integrifolia

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