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Form/flower - var. dictyota

Flower - var. dictyota

Flower - var. dictyota

Pitcher Clematis
Clematis pitcheri (C. filifera)

Clematis pitcheri is a delicate vine that grows in moist woods, forest margins and stream banks throughout the eastern half of the state. The beautiful purple urn-shaped blossoms are actually sepals that curve backward at the tips. They appear from June through August and are followed by fruits with silky tails. This is the most cold hardy of Texas's native clematis, although its herbaceous stems will die back each year. A variety of C. pitcheri, C. pitcheri var. dictyota (formerly classified as Clematis filifera, or C. pitcheri var. filifera) grows in the Trans-Pecos at elevations of over 4000 feet.

Plant Habit or Use: vine

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: purple to dark red

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: achene with silky-hairy tail

Height: 12 to 15 feet


Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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