New Latin, genus name, from Latin, from Greek klēmatis brushwood, clematis, from klēmat-, klēma twig, from klan to break — more at clast
First Known Use: 1578
Any of the more than 325 species of perennial, chiefly climbing shrubs of the genus Clematis (buttercup family), found through most of the world, especially in Asia and North America. Many species are cultivated in North America for their attractive flowers, either solitary or in large clusters. The leaves usually are compound. Common species include woodbine; traveler's joy, or old-man's-beard (C. vitalba); virgin's bower (C. cirrhosa); and vine bower (C. viticella). The most popular horticultural hybrids are of primarily three species: C. florida, C. patens, and C. jackmanii.