The Story of a Flower

Blue clematis caught my eye this spring when I found a few patches on Snake Hill. I checked back over the coming weeks to watch the changes.

Blossoms about to open

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This perennial vine is beautiful at all stages but like many members of the buttercup family it’s poisonous. (Especially for dogs, apparently.)

Should you be inclined to pop leaves or flowers into your mouth expect a strong burning sensation et cetera. Handling or inhaling parts of the plant can also cause irritation though I’ve handled the plant several times and haven’t noticed any effect. Forewarned.


Blue clematis   Clematis verticellaris var. columbiana

 

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Tall Bluebells

Not many flowers in bloom yet, besides dandelions and wild strawberries.

I was delighted to spot these little rain-bedecked blossoms on the edge of the woods.

Bright blue flowers on a drooping stem.

Depending on where you live, you might know this plant as northern bells, chiming bells or tall lungwort.


Tall bluebells   Mertenisa paniculata