I was up in the mountains, looking for morel mushrooms and kept seeing these beautiful flowers...I finally was able to capture this flower and I pressed this flower into a book when I came home..I am hoping that it will turn out.
Clematis occidentalis is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family known by the common name western blue virginsbower. It is native to much of southern Canada and the northern United States. There are three varieties: var. occidentalis is limited to the eastern half of the species' range, var. grosseserrata to the western half, and var. dissecta is endemic to Washington. The plant varies somewhat in appearance. Generally they produce vines and climb on surfaces. The leaves are divided into three thick, green leaflets, which may have lobes or teeth. The flower has no petals, but petal like sepals which are usually either deep purple-blue in western populations or reddish purple in eastern plants. White flowers are rare.
The Latin name Clematis occidentalis means long supple branches from the west.
Use Wildlife: Birds, Hummingbirds
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Severe pain in mouth if eaten; skin irritation if touched or inhaled. Symptoms include burning sensation of mouth and mouth ulcers; skin redness and burning sensation. Toxic Principle: Anemonin.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Hummingbirds
May 25th, 2016
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