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The Clematis Pronunciation Debate

By grannysgarden
June 10, 2015

Since this is Celebrating Clematis Week, I thought I would pose a question to all regions that grow and love the plant. How do you pronounce the word "clematis"?

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Name: Barbra Love
Asheville, North Carolina
Jun 13, 2015 6:26 AM CST
Asheville NC, but where I grew up in AL it was 2.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Jun 14, 2015 2:37 AM CST
I learned this from the former editor of the Sunset Western Garden book, Dick Dunmire. He was a very witty and knowledgeable man, and dearly missed.

If it grows upon a lattice
The hoipoloi call it cle-ma'-tis
But Dr. Webster would insist
That we call it Clem'-uh-tis

So that's how I pronounce it- Clem'-uh-tis
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