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Early Virgin's-bower - Clematis cirrhosa

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Early Virgin's-bower Early Virgin's-bower - Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica dylan Bristol 12 Feb 2023, 3:22 p.m. 7 Feb 2023, 5:36 p.m.
Early Virgin's-bower Early Virgin's-bower - Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica dylan Bristol 12 Feb 2023, 3:22 p.m. 7 Feb 2023, 5:36 p.m.
Early Virgin's-bower Early Virgin's-bower - Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica dylan Bristol 12 Feb 2023, 3:22 p.m. 7 Feb 2023, 5:32 p.m.
Early Virgin's-bower Early Virgin's-bower - Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica dylan Bristol 12 Feb 2023, 3:22 p.m. 7 Feb 2023, 5:32 p.m.
Early Virgin's-bower Early Virgin's-bower - Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica dylan Bristol 12 Feb 2023, 3:22 p.m. 7 Feb 2023, 5:32 p.m.
Early Virgin's-bower Early Virgin's-bower - Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica dylan Bristol 12 Feb 2023, 3:22 p.m. 7 Feb 2023, 5:32 p.m.

Species Description

A widely but infrequently grown plant which may escape. Habitat includes: hedgerows, banks, walls etc. Other names include: Evergreen Clematis, Minorca Clematis, Winter-flowering Clematis.

Stace 4:

Clematis cirrhosa L. - Early Virgin's-bower.

Climber to 4m but often much less; leaves simple to 2-ternate; leaflets rounded to cordate at base, remotely serrate to deeply dissected and fern-like (var. balearica (Rich.) Willk. & Lange); flowers mostly 1 per leaf-axil, pendent; sepals 1.5-2.5cm, yellowish-white, often tinged or spotted with purple; style becoming long and feathery in fruit; (2n=16). Neophyte-survivor; in hedges and on banks and walls; South England, Guernsey (mainly var. balearica); South Europe.

Key:

  • Leaves evergreen; 2 bracteoles on each pedicel fused into 2-lipped calyx-like structure

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Subspecies

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Early Virgin's-bower Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica 1 2 25 image for Early Virgin's-bower