cle·​ma·​tis | \ ˈkle-mə-təs How to pronounce clematis (audio) ; kli-ˈma-təs How to pronounce clematis (audio) , -ˈmā-, -ˈmä-\

Definition of clematis

: any of a genus (Clematis) of vines or herbs of the buttercup family often having three leaflets on each leaf and usually white, red, pink, or purple flowers

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His displays include dahlias, cannas, calla lilies, oriental lilies, day lilies, hydrangeas, climbing hydrangeas, rhododendrons, pink, white, purple, roses, peonies, rudbeckias, coneflowers, clematis, lupines and many others., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 15 June 2019 Sofia Barozzi of Il Profumo dei Fiori created the floral arrangements, which included three types of roses (English, spray, and avalanche), hydrangea, dahlias, clematis, magnolia, white protea, and ferns. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Took Over a Small Town in Italy for Their Medieval-Inspired Wedding," 28 Feb. 2019 Queen Elizabeth has a beautiful pink rose named for her and Will and Kate's youngest child, Prince Louis, has a clematis of his own named after him. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Royal Horticultural Society Named This Gorgeous Flower After Meghan Markle," 17 Feb. 2019 Dinner was held under a canopy of trees in the garden, with guests sitting at two long tables decorated with understated yet elegant centerpieces made from clematis, dahlias, scabiosa, angel wing jasmine, and a variety of garden roses. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stellina and David Katzenberg’s Stunning Tuscan Wedding in Florence," 30 Dec. 2017 Those who do are rewarded with a meticulous composition rendering everything from oregano to hydrangeas to foxtail and clematis. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "This Artist’s Flower “Fossils” Are a New Way to Bring Nature Indoors," 27 July 2018 Each filled with delphiniums, garden roses, peonies, foxgloves and clematis. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Throw an End of Summer Garden Party, From London’s Favorite Eat-In Flower Shop," 3 Aug. 2018 Hardwick has spent 20 years studying, collecting, growing and now hybridizing clematis. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Climbing or trailing, clematis is queen in the garden," 23 Feb. 2018 The back walls will have fragrant white roses and clematis climbing up them. Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s Guide to Summer Gardening," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of clematis

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clematis

New Latin, genus name, from Latin, from Greek klēmatis brushwood, clematis, from klēmat-, klēma twig, from klan to break — more at clast

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English Language Learners Definition of clematis

: a climbing plant that has large pink, purple, red, or white flowers

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