rock clematis Ranunculaceae Clematis columbiana
Leaf:Opposite, deciduous, trifoliate; individual leaflets oval to cordate with entire margins, may be deeply lobed.
Flower:Species is usually dioecious; showy, nodding pale purple flowers with 4 pointed hairy sepals.
Fruit:Small dry brown seeds with a long white feathery plume, borne in thin pompom-like heads, can be nearly as showy as the flowers.
Twig:Initially green, and changing to red-brown, numerous ridges, wiry, climbs by twining.
Bark:Initially smooth and red-brown, later developing long splits.
Form:A creeping or low-climbing vine to 12 feet.