Clematis: Clematis

Species in this genus:

Rock clematis or Rocky Mt. clematis (Clematis columbiana)

Overview of Clematis columbiana taken along the Black Canyon Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest, 3 August 2001. Note the climbing, vine nature of the Clematis.

Overview of Clematis columbiana.
Western white clematis (Clematis ligusticifolia)

Overview of the western white clematis, Clematis ligusticifolia Nutt.. This vine has pretty white flowers and masses of fluffy seed heads. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database notes "This speciesŐ traditional name, Pepper Vine, referred to the acrid, peppery taste of the stems and leaves, which Native Americans chewed as a remedy for colds and sore throats. It is said that the crushed roots were placed in the nostrils of tired horses to revive them. Caution is advised: The genus is known to have poisonous species." Photographed at Bluewater Lake Canyon Trail on 27 September 2009.

Overview of the western white clematis, <em>Clematis ligusticifolia Nutt.</em>.
Rock clematis (Clematis pseudoalpina)

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