Common Names: Clematis, Leather Flower, Dancing Queen. As a dried seed pod; Old Man's Beard

Botanical names: Clematis, family Ranunculaceae.

Availability: Late spring through early summer.

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Star-like blossoms with delicate petals on long woody vining stems. Blossoms are 5 to 8 inches across.

Color: Purple, Blue Pink, White, Red and bi-Color

Botanical facts: Clematis is a genus of about 380 species within the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. A native of Japan, Clematis has been a popular garden flower for decades but only recently available as a cut flower for floral designers.

Design notes: Clematis vine is perfect for draping over the top of an arrangement adding a dynamic line and blossoms appearing to float over the arrangement like butterflies. Clematis vine is a delightful addition to a hand-held cascading bouquet.

Purchasing hints: Purchase vines with turgid leaves and several unopened blossoms. Fully opened blossoms are easily damaged in shipping.

Conditioning: Clematis is a heavy water drinker. Be careful to assure a good water source. Remove two to three inches of the stem with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Clematis blossoms which have matured, gone to seed and dried are sold as "Old Man's Beard". This dried material is beautiful in dried arrangements.