(Plate XXVII)

Perhaps the most beautiful of our native species is the blue clematis of the marshes. Its large, solitary, nodding flowers., which are gracefully shaped, and silky styles, give it a delicate, quaint appearance that is full of charm. Unfortunately, it is little known outside of the territory between southeastern Virginia, Florida and Texas. It blossoms in May and June, and has a delightful fragrance.