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webberjk
May 26, 2014 2:27 PM CST
I haven't seen any Clematis around Sarasota, Florida. Do they grow here? I miss the beautiful one I had in Golden, Colorado! Thank you! Jan
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 26, 2014 2:50 PM CST
Mm, don't think so, Jan. They need a winter rest, i.e. more cold dormancy than we get here. Just better plan to go back and visit Colorado in the summer when the clematis is in bloom. We moved here from Utah and lucky for me, my kids still live there so I get to go back and see my temperate favorites blooming in summer when the weather's really oppressive here.

Lots of beautiful, easy and lusty alternatives, though. If you want blue, Queen's Wreath is just wonderful, or there is a blue or a white Thunbergia Grandiflora aka Sky Flower that looks the most like a clematis, but blooms more.

Dozens of types of passion vines with beautiful purple, blue, red, pink or white or even (rarely) yellow flowers - and sometimes fruit! Coral honeysuckle is a great butterfly attractor with lovely flowers most of the year. Clerodendrum, or Bleeding heart vine comes in red, orange and white with red centers that is just stunning. Crossvine has red, orange or red/yellow trumpet flowers and again is a great butterfly plant. Rangoon Creeper is gorgeous with white, turning pink and finally red flowers on the same plant.

Many types of jasmine that smell absolutely divine, and of course Bougainvillea comes in purple, all the warm colors plus white, and also a variegated form. Watch out, they are very thorny, though.
Elaine

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Horntoad
May 26, 2014 5:26 PM CST

Clematis virginiana is a showy native Clematis that grows in Florida.
Clematis (Clematis virginiana)

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 26, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Possibly not this far south, or this close to the coast, Jay. We are borderline zone 10 here in Sarasota. They get quite a bit more cold weather in the winter in Northern Florida and inland than we do here.

I've never seen this one here at all, and I've been to a lot of nurseries and a lot of gardens not to mention all the local nature preserves.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
May 26, 2014 7:19 PM CST
Bonap show that Clematis virginiana recorded as far south as Hardee County which is fairly close. There are a few other native, but less showy that are recorded for that general area.

http://bonap.net/NAPA/TaxonMaps/Genus/County/Clematis
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