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Friday, June 1, 2018

Swamp Leatherflower

Another new plant from Alabama. And this isn't even the last of them.

This is a southern wetland plant. It's actually a wild clematis, Clematis crispa. It has a ton of common names: marsh clematis, swamp leatherflower, blue jasmine, blue curls. That flower is almost 2 inches across. Nice and showy!

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This is actually a native plant, so I can say I'm happy to see it. Pretty common in the SE, from southern Illinois on down to the Gulf.

The bud is as pretty as the blossom.

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It's actually poisonous. I'm not sure to what extent. It can even cause a rash in some people from touching it. Apparently, I can get away with handling this one, since I did with no ill effects.

As usual, common names can get one in trouble. I've linked to posts about completely unrelated leatherleaf and leatherwood.

In other news: Did laundry, worked on the Long Distance Hiker files, transferred the rest of the notes about Dead Mule Swamp Mistletoe that I had made in the car to my writing files. The weather was delightful, and I am not sad about that!

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Ann said...

It's pretty. An impressive size too

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- yup! Not every day I see a new plant that is so showy.

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