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Muller, Thomas L.
Clematis hirsutissima Pursh
Hairy clematis, Sugarbowls, Vase flower, Leatherflower, Lion's beard
USDA Symbol: CLHI
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
From tufts of large, deeply dissected leaves emerge leafy, 2 ft. high flower stalks, each bearing a single, brownish-purple, nodding bell with recurved tips and a woolly exterior. In fruit, clusters of feathery, plumed achenes adorn the now erect peduncle. This is a perennial wildflower.
Unlike most other Clematis species, it is not a vine. Another common name for this species, Lions Beard, refers to the shaggy fruit head.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AZ , CO , ID , MT , NE , NM , OK , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY Native Distribution:
S.c. B.C., e. WA & e. OR, e. to c. MT & CO Native Habitat:
Grasslands; sagebrush plains; ponderosa forests USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Fresh seed sown in fall has proven most successful. Many Clematis spp. are also propagated by late summer layerings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: A 60-180 day period of cold-moist stratification at 33-40 degrees aids in the germination of stored seeds.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2011-01-14
Research By: TWC Staff