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Blue or Purple Flowers ( Four Petals )
Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)

Blue Clematis
Clematis occidentalis

Season: Spring
Habitat:
 Montane on both sides of Continental Divide
Height:
 Climbing Vine

Description: This unusual wildflower brightens up Aspen and Poplar forests with its distinctive blue flowers. The first thing you will notice are the petal-like sepals. There are four, and they are extremely long and narrow, averaging 4-6 cm in length. A much smaller, yellow flower is revealed as the sepals eventually open widely. Lacking true petals, the sepals take on that role for the clematis. The flowers will later be transformed into fuzzy seed-heads.

The leaves occur in groups of three leaflets, and are smooth margined, almost heart-shaped, and up to 6 cm in length.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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