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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)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Stems climbing or trailing, up to about 6 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Blue-violet, reddish violet or white.


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 , SK
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

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

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