Ground Clematis

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I always thought that clematis was a climbing plant, but this variety Clematis recta ‘purpurea’ is an unusual variety in that it is a bushy plant that bursts out of the ground in spring with smoky-purple elliptical young leaves that gradually turn to green, with a purple cast, as they age. Then it is covered in fragrant little white star-shaped flowers. The autumn sees these delightful seed-heads with what look like tiny white feathers.

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11 thoughts on “Ground Clematis

  1. Weren’t you tempted to ‘rescue’ some of the seed heads Jude? It looks like real treasure to me. A couple others that don’t cling are Jouiania Praecox, a bit dull, and Alionuska, which is lovely.

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