Of the more than 200 clematis species, most are deciduous vines; exceptions include useful evergreen vines Clematis armandii and Clematis cirrhosa, as well as some interesting upright herbaceous types.
Attractive blooms come in a wide variety of shapes; they may resemble bells, stars, tulips, saucers, urns—even miniature lanterns. Each flower consists of a central brush of stamens surrounded by petallike segments called sepals. Range of flower colors is wide, from pastel pinks to crimson red; periwinkle blue through soft lavender shades, rich magenta, and dark purple; and pure white through creamy tones and even golden yellow. Unless otherwise specified, blooms are 4–6 in. across. Float cut flowers in a bowl of water to make a choice indoor display. Burn cut ends of stems with a match to make flowers last longer. The blossoms of the large-flowered hybrids and a few species are followed by fluffy clusters of seed heads, also useful for flower arrangements.
Leaves vary from pale to dark green, usually divided into leaflets. Leafstalks twist and curl to hold plant to its support.Clematis alpina
Native to Europe and Asia. To 6–8 ft., with lacy, soft green foliage. Early-spring blooms are nodding and bell shaped, with four pointed sepals in white, pink, periwinkle blue, or purple, depending on the variety. Blooms are followed by decorative seed heads. Plants are extremely cold hardy'Constance'
Reddish pink flowers.'Ruby'
Grows to 8 ft. with lacy, soft green foliage. Early spring blooms are nodding and bell-shaped, with four pointed sepals in rosy pink. An inner skirt of stamens is creamy white. Blooms are followed by decorative seed heads.
Grows to 8 ft. with lacy, soft green foliage. Early spring blooms are nodding and bell-shaped, ...
Reddish pink flowers.
Native to Europe and Asia. To 6–8 ft., with lacy, soft green foliage. Early-spring blooms are no...