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Clematis viorna

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Northern Leatherflower

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Northern leatherflower (Clematis viorna) is a summer blooming herbaceous perennial vine that bears many pale pink, blushed with yellow, urn-shaped flowers above attractive gray-green foliage. Filtered shade and moist to well-drained, neutral soils afford the best conditions for northern leatherflower to thrive. Though slow growing as a young plant, once established this vine can be coaxed to weave through woody plants such as sweet azalea (Rhododendron arborescens), silky camellia (Stewartia malacodendron), dwarf fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii), flowering dogwood (Cornus Benthamidia florida), and common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana). Additionally, the striking fuzzy seed heads of northern leather flower persist until early fall, extending the season of interest. Zones 4-9. 

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    tan, white