clematis


clematis
/klem"euh tis, kli mat"is/, n.
any of numerous plants or woody vines of the genus Clematis, including many species cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers. Cf. traveler's-joy, virgin's-bower.
[1545-55; < L < Gk klematís name of several climbing plants]

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Any of the more than 200 species of perennial, chiefly climbing shrubs of the genus Clematis (buttercup family), found through most of the world, especially in Asia and North America.

Many species are cultivated in North America for their attractive flowers, either solitary or in large clusters. The leaves usually are compound. Common species include woodbine; traveler's joy, or old-man's-beard (C. vitalba); virgin's bower (C. cirrhosa); and vine bower (C. viticella). The most popular horticultural hybrids are of primarily three species: C. florida, C. patens, and C. jackmanii.

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▪ plant genus
      genus of perennial, chiefly climbing shrubs of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) with 325 species distributed over most of the world, especially in Asia and North America. Many species are cultivated in North America for their attractive flowers. The many fruits are conspicuous because of their persistent styles; they occur in spherical groups.

      The flowers may be solitary or in large clusters. The leaves are opposite, individually stalked, and compound—i.e., have several parts. Common species include woodbine (C. virginiana); traveler's joy, or old-man's-beard (C. vitalba); virgin's bower (C. cirrhosa); and vine bower (C. viticella).

      The most popular horticultural hybrids are found primarily in three species: C. florida, flowering on old wood in summer; C. patens, flowering on old wood in spring; and C. jackmanii, flowering on new wood in summer and fall.

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