Clematis columbiana (Nutt.) Torr. & A. Gray
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: clco2
A slender-stemmed, sometimes creeping, semi-woody perennial that may attain a length of 10-12 ft. The nodding, blue to reddish-purple flowers are solitary on short branches from the axils of three-parted leaves. Flowers are followed by a fragile, plumed seedhead.
An excellent garden plant for areas east of the Cascades.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: Climber
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , ID , MT , ND , NM , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: E. of the Cascades from B.C. to n.e. OR, e. to Alt., MT & CO
Native Habitat: Wooded or open areas, often on talus slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry to moist soils.
Conditions Comments: An excellent garden plant for areas east of the Cascades.
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BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clematis columbiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clematis columbiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clematis columbiana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff