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 inĀ fragrant little white star-shaped flowers. The autumn sees these delightful seed-heads with what look like tiny white feathers.