A walk up a wooded hill on a recent sunny day brought beauty — pale blue clematis, twining around the base of an aspen.
They love shaded woods, trailing along the ground or winding gently up a tree trunk, each flower upright on a tall stalk. The four-pointed blossom is pale blue verging on mauve.
Clematis belongs to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) which includes many familiar flowers, among them anemones, columbines, larkspurs, crocuses and, of course, buttercups.
Even when clematis go to seed they are lovely, forming silvery plume-like clusters. Another walk up the hill is warranted soon.
Blue clematis Clematis verticellaris var. columbiana