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Clematis drummondii Buds Beginning to Open

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Side view of a Clematis drummondii bud beginning to open

One of my favorite native plants to photograph is Clematis drummondii, a  climbing vine that is flourishing in several locations in my neighborhood now in spite of, or perhaps because of, the continuing drought. Shown above is a side view of a bud as it begins to split open. Note the characteristic hairiness of the plant. Below is an angled view from above of another bud that has opened a little further to reveal the densely packed stamens inside.

Angled view from above of a Clematis drummondii bud splitting open

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

(Visit the USDA website for information about Clematis drummondii, including a clickable map showing where the species grows.)

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

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  1. […] a plant that I’m fond of portraying. In the June 7 post I included two pictures of a Clematis drummondii bud beginning to split open, and the next day I showed a picture that looks down on an emerging flower. The following day I put […]

  2. What a delightful view of the opening bud. All of those stamens remind me of the closely-packed seeds in a milkweed pod. In both cases, there’s a lot of potential in a very small space.


    December 27, 2017 at 7:54 PM

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