Clematis ligusticifolia

(Virgin’s Bower)

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Clematis ligusticifolia, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park 8999

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Clematis ligusticifolia, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park 9020

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Clematis ligusticifolia, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park 9014

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Clematis ligusticifolia, Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park 9004

Scientific Name Clematis ligusticifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol CLLI2
Common Name Virgin's Bower, Western White Clematis ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18702
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (4500 to 8500 ft.); along streams and in forests.
Plant: Vining perennial 10 to 20 feet long.
Leaves: Opposite, pinnately-compound leaves with 5 to 7 leaflets, each with toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Crowded compound cymes of flowers in leaf axils; cream-colored blossoms, each with four or five sepals (no petals); staminate and pistillate flowers on separate plants, with stamens becoming long, silky plumes at maturity.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and "A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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