Of the more than 200 clematis species, most are deciduous vines; exceptions include the useful evergreen vine C. armandii, 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.
Native to the Himalayas. Vigorous grower to 20 ft. or more, with massive display of 2–2 1/2 in.-wide, anemone-like flowers from late spring to early summer; blooms in shades of pink. Give it plenty of room to roam; prune as for spring-blooming types.
Compact mound to 8–10 in. tall and 1 ft. wide. Reddish bronze, 1 1/2-in. leaves form a dark back...
Vigorous growth to 25 ft., with pale pink 2–2 1/2 -in. flowers and new foliage that is rich bron...
Native to the Himalayas. Vigorous grower to 20 ft. or more, with massive display of 2–2 1/2 in.-...