Montana Outdoors

April 26, 2010

Blue clematis

It was late evening a few days back when I discovered some Blue clematis in bloom on Munson Creek and because of the increasing darkness, all of the shots I got of them were taken with flash.

I love the way the clematis blossoms usually appear in the forest, as though they were birds flying among the branches

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

or demurely hiding their faces under their umbrellas.

Blue clematis

However, on that evening several were posing with petals wide open, a pose that I had never seen before, giving me a brand new feel for the Blue clematis.

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

Blue clematis
Blue clematis, clematis occidentalis


  1. My mom has a beautiful purple one in her yard that my dad bought her years ago. I haven’t seen a blue one in person yet. Love that 3rd image of it draping downwards with another in the background. Nice!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — April 26, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    • We have a large Clematis vine on a trellis by one of our doors but it is a long time from blooming yet this year. These wild ones are a bit early, even at a low elevation. They are beautiful as they decorate the forest along the trails and beside the streams!


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2010 @ 12:04 am

  2. These are beautiful shots of the blue clematis at nighttime. So, they don’t close at night? I bet they are beautiful decorating the forest along the trails and beside the streams. Clematis has an angelic quality about them… 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — April 27, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    • I’m not sure that they don’t close when it gets completely dark. These were taken before total darkness, but several were completely open.

      Where there are quite a number, they appear as blue birds flying through the brush. I love to see them!


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  3. I didn’t know they were a wild plant in the west. I sure have a lot to look forward to.


    Comment by sandy — April 27, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    • There is also a Rock clematis, (Clematis columbiana), which is also blue and is low-growing. You will find it in New Mexico also.


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

  4. I missed these, very pretty with their heads down.


    Comment by Candace — April 29, 2010 @ 12:31 am

    • I was out there yesterday too, and they are all over now and so pretty!


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2010 @ 8:07 am

  5. How nice, so cozy.

    We have in our garden not this, but Clematis Alpina. It is nearly same looking with its color also. But what I am amazing is that, it is blooming already there.

    I like its color – blue.


    Comment by sartenada — May 2, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    • We also have a clematis in our garden, but I don’t know which one it is: it will not bloom yet for another month. This one blooms early and will bloom most of the summer in protected areas in deep canyons where it gets shade and a little mist from the streams.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 9:07 am

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