Western Virgin's Bower Clematis ligusticifolia Nutt. A semi-woody vine often attaining a height of 30 feet with a maximum stem diameter of about 3 inches. The young twigs are angled, brittle, smooth, and dull in color, the bark on older stems are gray and stringy. Later in the season the seeds develop long, feathery, tan-colored tails, which again give the plant a tan or whitish color.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin
Pick an image for a larger view. See the glossary for icon descriptions. Branching flattish to somewhat pyramidal clusters of up to 30 stalked flowers arising from leaf axils. Flowers are about 1 inch across with 4 elliptic, white, petal-like sepals that are slightly hairy on the upper surface and more densely so on the lower. There are separate male and female flowers, on separate plants.
Virgin's Bower is a native perennial twining vine which you will usually spot via its' flowers which will be lying atop other vegetation. The stems can grow to over 9 feet long and become woody with age. They are green when young with some reddish tints, turning brown with age. Stems are square-like near branch junctions. The leaves are opposite, with 3 ovate leaflets sometimes 5 , coarsely toothed or lobed and with pointed tips.
Williamson Photographs Copyright owned by the named photographer. Clematis occidentalis is a viny plant which carries its violet blue to purple occasionally purplish pink or white blossoms between mid spring and early summer. It is one of two species in the Atragene subgenus of Clematis , the other being Clematis columbiana. It seems the primary visual difference between the species is the trifoliate leaf form, with C.