70531Like Ginger and MaryAnn, choosing between the flashier hybrids of clematis and the anemone clematis, Clematis montana, might not be so easy. The fancier hybrids have the bigger, bolder and richly colored flowers that the genus is known for. Anemone clematis has smaller and more subdued flowers in soft pastel hues, but is more prolific, more vigorous, and blooms for nearly a month.

The simple spring flowers look something like those of dogwood, except that they are on wiry deciduous vines that are already outfitted with new foliage. Most are soft white with only four petals and prominent yellow anthers. Some are blushed, pale pink, rose pink or pinkish mauve; and some have more petals or fluffier ‘double’ flowers. The largest flowers are a bit wider than two inches.

The vines are more vigorous than those of clematis hybrids, but are not as aggressive as most other vines or winter clematis. With pruning, they can behave on small gate arbors, although shorter trellises would probably be too confining. If vines escape confinement, they can eventually climb more than thirty feet. The distinctively lobed trifoliate leaves are olive drab, and handsomely rustic.

6 thoughts on “Anemone Clematis

  1. I have a Montana that I had to move in the early spring to make way for the pond. It’s a tough old plant and is now growing again quite happily around an old arched seat. Hopefully next year, it will have covered the arched seat! Lovely photo. X

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  2. These are beautiful, delicate looking. I love learning about these plants. I have heard people mention clematis and read about them in novels, but never grown them myself, nor did my parents have those among their plantings. So a pleasurable new thing! You may find this story interesting. Years ago a college friend had moved to southern CA and I visited her. She was not a plant person, and you can imagine all the things I saw in CA that I had never seen before. “What is that?” Shrug. Eye roll. “I don’t know.” One of the places we visited was Catalina Island and I was going nearly mad with all the plants I could not identify. I found a gardener and led the poor man around as if I were Helen Keller with her teacher, pointing at things and getting identifications. Finally, he said, “Where are you FROM?” Who knew? He was lucky I wasn’t asking him about birds. Those are different too, out west, but a lot easier to look up on the spot. Of course, now there’s internet…

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    1. I did that in Oklahoma, and people thought I was crazy. They did not think that they had anything that would be interesting to someone from California. I took so many seed back, and a few small Eastern red cedars. I know that they are disliked in Oklahoma, but they are so excellent to me.

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      1. Oh, goodness. Junipers. Did they grow in California? They grow on the roadsides here, but they can be quite lovely trees. It’s funny, when you know about plants, to go somewhere you have no clue what the stuff is! I still remember seeing bougainvillea for the first time and the reaction of the cab driver when I asked what it was…

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      2. I grew up with bougainvilleas. They are not much fun, but they are pretty, and impress those from elsewhere. I think I enjoy them more now that we have more variety of color like Southern California does.
        The junipers are doing fine here, but each one has a very distinct personality. The biggest is quite pendulous. I tried to train it up on a single trunk, but it did not cooperate. I really wanted to plant it at work, but ‘juniper’ is on the ‘do not plant’ list. No one knows why, but we will not argue. I do not think they would be invasive here, since they have not place to go. It is not like we have prairies here.

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