Monday, June 29, 2009

Clematis texensis at the small entrance to Fern Valley (across from the golf course)

This has always been one of my favorite Clematis. Though there's no scale in the picture, the flowers are almost an inch long. Like others of its tribe, it enjoys fairly good soil with a decent amout of moisture and maybe some lime, shaded roots, and a sunny top. Having provided these initial conditions, you will not be burdened with further demands. Just enjoy the flowers and the seeds.

There are a numbe of Clematis cultivars that are listed under Clematis texensis; I have my doubts, but they are generally very attractive and many share, to some degree, the urceolate flower structure of the species. All are difficult to obtain, rarely appearing at a retail Garden Center, and often out-of-stock from mail-order or internet businesses. Still they're worth the effort.

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