|Clematis integrifolia ex Baikal in my home garden|
|Baikal clematis on Sandy Snyder's rock garden|
As you can see, it's habit is not really vining: here on Sandy's rock garden it makes a wonderful columnar statement, rather like this column of text.
|Clematis integrifolia on the foothills of the Kazakh Altai|
|Clematis integrifolia 'Mongolian Bells' selection in blue|
|Mongolian bells clematis in Plantasia at Denver Botanic Gardens: the first public display of this form|
A number of Viorna section Clematis must be very closely related to C. integrifolia--I find that Clematis fremontii seems especially similar to its Asian cousin. Clematis fremontii deserves (and shall surely one day get) a full blog post of its own, but meanwhile I thought it would be interesting to compare the jaunty sepals of Clematis tenuiloba from the Rockies to the Mongolian Bells--they do seem to be cousins. If you look up C. tenuiloba, you will see that some botanists have lumped this under the vining Clematis columbiana...They may be right, but for us horticulturists they are worlds apart. This dark blue specimen is growing the the Pikes Peak trough of what was once Wild Flower Treasures...
And may you too have a blue blue blue garden this coming year!