Clematis integrifolia is a flowering perennial for sun. It blooms from early to mid-summer in Seattle. The word Clematis is taken from the Greek word for climbing plants. Integrifolia means entire-leaf. Botanically speaking, an entire leaf has a smooth edge, is not toothed. This Clematis is not a vine. It has stems of maybe 18 inches long that don't cling. The stems are floppy & will cascade over a low wall, lie flat on the ground, or prop themselves against other plants. Each stem bears several flowers. The number of stems increase as the plant matures. The usual flower color is blue, but 'Hanajima' is pink. Flowers are simple & charming, each with 4 petals. The plant is not drought tolerant, but doesn't need a lot of water. Plant them among other perennials, but don't allow them to become shaded. Clematis integrifolia is native to Italy, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Siberia & Central Asia.
This blog began in 2008 as metropolitan gardens to provide information on gardening in Seattle & places like it. Click on Gardening in Cascadia. It expanded to include Parks P-Patches Public Gardens in the US, Canada & Europe. Then Nature was added. (The only difference between garden & nature is intent.) Most recent posts are not about Seattle, or Cascadia. Many are Urban Landscape, mostly streetscape. Posts appear on 1st Friday & sometimes also on 3rd Friday.
The city of Seattle rests between 2 bodies of water: Puget Sound & Lake Washington. Puget Sound is a substantial part of the Salish Sea & a very small part of the Pacific Ocean. The Salish Sea is set apart from the Pacific by the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington & Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. The dense, wet clouds of the Pacific Ocean travel as far as the Cascade Mountains, near the Salish Sea & not very far from the ocean. East of the Cascades lies the desert of the Columbia Basin. The moist, temperate climate of Seattle extends south to northern California & north to southeastern Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Coast from San Francisco Bay to Cook Inlet shares a flora dominated by evergreen coniferous forest. The central portion, west of the Cascade Mountains, is called Cascadia. The climate is cool & wet from fall to spring, warm & dry in summer. The Olympic Mountains block Seattle from much of the Pacific rainfall. Seattle is drier than the Atlantic coast of North America & northern Europe, cooler in summer & warmer in winter. It lies near the latitude of Paris & Quebec City.