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Clematis hirsutissima (Hairy clematis)
Muller, Thomas L.

Clematis hirsutissima

Clematis hirsutissima Pursh

Hairy Clematis, Sugarbowls, Vase Flower, Leatherflower, Lion's Beard

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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, Lion's Beard, refers to the shaggy fruit head.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: 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 Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: 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 resources

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


Record Modified: 2011-01-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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