Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Going Native

 Clematis crispa is native to the southeastern United States. It dies to the ground every winter, which is awesome because you don't have to worry about how to prune it.

 The pointed buds open slowly, the thick petals curling back towards the stem

 until the new blossom resembles an octopus!

 When they are fully open, you can see their purple edging, the octopus having morphed into a frilly top hat!

The blossoms hang down towards the ground so you have to bend over to view their beautful interiors.

 I bought my clematis crispa from Brushwood Gardens. I've never seen them locally.

14 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I love the octopus bloom, so unusual. Thank you for showing me the pictures of this clematis.

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  2. A beautiful and unusual wildflower. That one has been on my list (along with several hundred others) for a while. Will have to check out Brushwood Gardens.

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  3. How fun! I've never seen that variety before! Clematis are wonderful!

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  4. I love the nickname. Makes me think of our native Clematis texensis is red and is called "Leatherflower". http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CLTE2

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  5. It's pretty. I love the shape of the blossom. I guess it's kind of like the hellebore of clematis if you have to crawl on your knees to see the inside of the flower.

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  6. I have not seen that variety...it is splendid! How unique it is! I think that one is going on my plant list.

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  7. Such a sweet flower. I love the visual of you hanging upside down to capture that last shot! The things we do, right? I know my neighbor thinks I'm crazy...their deck sits above the fence line and they can watch me taking pictures...I'm sure they talk about their goofy neighbor!

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  8. So pretty! It almost looks like the bloom of an eggplant! Such a beautiful blossom. Thanks for the lovely images, TS!

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  9. Oh I LOVE IT! and such great pics to! of course now I want one of those to!!!!AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE that rose!!! what a pretty color!!!

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  10. I love how it looks like an octopus! Do you get hummingbirds at it? The color is stunning too!

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  11. Thanks so much for submitting this strange clematis to MISSION QUITE POSSIBLE. This sure is a mission well-accomloished!
    Rosie

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  12. Have not caught the wabbit yet. Elmer Fudd.

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  13. Beautiful flowers! I've never seen anything like that. The octupus description fits perfectly.

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  14. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
    I think that it is great that you have gone "native" with this little clematis. I would like to add more native plants like trilliums to my garden( Ontario's provincial flower). This little purple octopus is very pretty.

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