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Clematis ligusticifolia
western clematis

Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Oklahoma and the Dakotas.

Habitat: River valleys and sagebrush desert to ponderosa pine forests.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies


Strong, woody, dioecious climbing vine to 20 m. long.


Leaves pinnately compound with 5-7 narrowly to broadly ovate-cordate leaflets 3-6 cm. long, coarsely few-toothed or lobed.


Flowers in several-flowered bracteate panicles; sepals 4, creamy white, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 6-15 mm. long; petals none; staminate flowers without vestigial pistils; pistillate flowers with numerous, sterile stamens.


Achenes hairy; styles persistent, 2.5-5 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Clematis ligusticifolia Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1: 9. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Clematis ligusticifolia Nutt. var. brevifolia Nutt. [KZ99]
Clematis ligusticifolia Nutt. var. ligusticifolia [KZ99]
Clematis neomexicana Wooton & Standl.
Clematis suksdorfii B.L. Rob.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clematis ligusticifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Clematis ligusticifolia checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Clematis ligusticifolia information.

E-Flora BC: Clematis ligusticifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Clematis ligusticifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Clematis ligusticifolia information.

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