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Clematis columbiana (Rock clematis)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Clematis columbiana

Clematis columbiana (Nutt.) Torr. & A. Gray

Rock Clematis

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


USDA Symbol: CLCO2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Notes: Climber
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: 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 Conditions

Light 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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Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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