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Clematis occidentalis (Western blue virginsbower)
Glase, Terry

Clematis occidentalis

Clematis occidentalis (Hornem.) DC.

Western blue virginsbower

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


USDA Symbol: CLOC2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Blue , Purple


USA: CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NB , NS , ON , QC
Native Habitat: Woodland,Forest Edge

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist


Use Wildlife: Birds, Hummingbirds
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Severe pain in mouth if eaten; skin irritation if touched or inhaled. Symptoms include burning sensation of mouth and mouth ulcers; skin redness and burning sensation. Toxic Principle: Anemonin.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Hummingbirds
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store


* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Clematis occidentalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clematis occidentalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clematis occidentalis


Record Last Modified: 2013-06-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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