bee fest 2013

Each year about this time a large buzz goes up from the crowd.  The Sweet Autumn Clematis brings the bees back to the yard.  And it perfumes the air which is not altogether a bad thing on a warm autumn night.

autumn clematis view

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17 thoughts on “bee fest 2013

  1. John Hric Post author

    I never knew it was invasive before today. And looking at the list I do not see Ohio being a afearded of SAC. For what that is worth

    http://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=5354

    Surprised to see Black eyed Susan vine on the list. Not at all surprised to see morning glory on the list along with bind weed. Here Sweet Autumn Clematis does not seem invasive. It is easy to romove. Sweet peas and morning glory are much worse. Go figure. Thanks for the information. And silly me thought it is native. Live and learn.

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  2. hilarycustancegreen

    I don’t know this clematis. looked it up on UK sites and it available here. I am mad about scented plants and this time of year they seem a bit thin on the ground, so I will look out for it. Thank you.

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    1. John Hric Post author

      hilary,

      supposedly it is listed as invasive in some governing circles. Of the other things growing here that fall into the invasive category the sweet autumn clematis seems fairly mild. the sweet peas and bind weed are way more troublesome. Thanks for the question and visit !

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  3. Gallivanta

    Goodness; this looks exactly like the clematis that is growing on my neighbour’s fence and flowering beautifully right now in spring time. ???? I don’t think it is invasive here, in Christchurch, NZ.

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  4. Rebecca Blubaugh

    Clematis paniculata (New Zealand Native)
    Puawhananga
    A vigorous vine well known for its beautiful display of white flowers in early spring. The plants we grow are all male and have been selected for the large size of the flower and the prolific flowering

    Here in the States we have a different species, an IMPORTED species at that!

    Clematis terniflora (Sweet Autumn Clematis) is a plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It is native to Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia (Siberia), Taiwan),[1] but is cultivated in gardens and has naturalized in parts of North America. It is considered an invasive plant in some locations. (from Wikipedia)

    Our NATIVE is: Clematis occidentalis is a species of flowering plant in the buttercup family known by the common name western blue virginsbower. It is native to much of southern Canada and the northern United States. There are three varieties: var. occidentalis is limited to the eastern half of the species’ range, var. grosseserrata to the western half, and var. dissecta is endemic to Washington. The plant varies somewhat in appearance. Generally they produce vines and climb on surfaces. The leaves are divided into three thick, green leaflets, which may have lobes or teeth. The flower has no petals, but petallike sepals which are usually either deep purple-blue in western populations or reddish purple in eastern plants. White flowers are rare.

    The Latin name Clematis occidentalis means long supple branches from the west. (Wikipedia)

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