Columbia virgin’s bower (Clematis columbiana)

Columbia virgin's bower

Columbia virgin's bower

Columbia virgin's bower
Location: Enquist Rd. Kettle Falls Washington

Information: This very distinctive plant was used in the past to treat swollen feet, bruising and works well to use as tinder for fires. It however has never been used internally as most of the plants associated with this species is considered poisonous from one degree to another.

Identification: The four purple or dark blue petals are easily recognizable combined with the plant climbing up other trees, like the vine it is, makes it an easy flower to identify.
USDA Plants Database

 

Important Note: All Clematis species are considered toxic and should never be eaten.

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