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Small-leaved Clematis

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Scientific name
Clematis microphylla
Common name
Small-leaved Clematis
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
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Plant Form
Scramblers, climbers and twiners
Where to find
Across the entire Bluff
Foliage
Narrow, oblong, dull green divided leaves with a pointed tip
Flower
Masses of cream starry flowers with four petals and a mop of long stamens
Size
1 – 4 m3
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description

This twining creeper is common over the vegetation of the Bluff.  Male and female plants are separate. The creamy white flowers give way to the feathery seed heads, perfect for dispersal by the wind and for use by native birds to make their nests. It bears masses of starry, creamy flowers in mid-winter, which are followed by fluffy seed heads on female plants.

This twining creeper is common over the vegetation of the Bluff.  It is sometimes called ‘Old Man’s Beard’ due to its feathery white seed heads. The tough roots of this climbing plant bind sandy soils. It can scramble over entire shrubs and trees making a beautiful display when in flower.

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