Fremont’s Leather Flower
A shrubby, herbaceous perennial, the only non-climbing clematis native to Missouri. Flowers urn- or bell-shaped, sometimes ascending, usually hanging on short stems, with 4 or 5 petal-like sepals densely hairy on their margins, often recurving, lavender or white. Blooms April-May. Leaves opposite, broadly ovate on sessile or very short stems, leathery, long-lasting, to nearly 5 inches long, with parallel veins. Dried leaves stay on plant after the growing season with only the filigree of their veining remaining. Fruits attractive, fluffy heads of plume-tipped seeds.