I HAVE A LOT OF PLANTS (and a lot more that used to grow here somewhere live on in memory). I even know most of their names–except when it comes to the Clematis. Why didn’t I label those? In the process of trying to put names to vines that are exploding all around me right now, I made a little slideshow for the record. Hey, if it’s on the internet, I can refer to it any time I forget who’s who again, right?
To get things straight, I needed help on varieties such as charming little Clematis crispa (above) from Dan Long at Brushwood Nursery (remember our recent Q&A together on vines and climbing roses?), and even at that I turned up one or two after I thought I’d got the whole list settled.
Not a large-flowered variety among them, it turns out, and more straight species (non-hybrids, just as nature made them) than I would have guessed—including several native American ones (the crispa, and another little one called Clematis viorna you’ll see in the slides). Now let’s see if I can get this (mostly) correct:
The Clematis Slideshow
CLICK THE FIRST THUMBNAIL to start the slides, then toggle between images with the arrows on your keyboard, or the ones beside each caption. Note: There is a list of links to more stories about Clematis below the slideshow.
Other A Way to Garden Stories on Vines
More Clematis Information on the Web
DAN LONG OF Brushwood recommends Clematis on the Web as “the world’s most complete clematis reference for most species and hybrids.” For fans of the native American Viorna Group specifically (including not just viorna but crispa and texensis and other charmers), try American Bells, he says , from Carol Lim.