Clematis hirsutissima Pursh
Hairy clematis, Sugarbowls, Vase flower, Leatherflower, Lion's beard
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: CLHI
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: 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
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
Find Seed or Plants
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clematis hirsutissima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clematis hirsutissima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clematis hirsutissima
MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-01-14
Research By: TWC Staff