cle·ma·tis | \ˈkle-mə-təs; kli-ˈma-təs, -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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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 Ignore those gardening books that promise that some clematis don't need pruning at all. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Clematis," 17 Mar. 2017 White magnolias are near the pergola, which is topped by wisteria and varieties of clematis. Janet Eastman,, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Clematis: Most of the large, showy hybrid clematis are not scented, but the following species are all richly scented (also all vigorous climbers, to 15 feet or more). The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 60 Most Fragrant Flowers Across The World," 11 May 2017 With the aid of trellises, every wall has something growing up: Climbing roses, clematis, trumpet vine, honeysuckle and more. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Think Sacramento feels like Iowa? They'd agree | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Apr. 2018 These super aggressive weeds include blackberry, Scotch broom, bindweed (also known as invasive morning glory), horsetail, English ivy, poison oak and old man’s beard (also known as traveler’s joy; an invasive species of clematis)., "How to defend lawns, gardens against invasive weeds," 27 Feb. 2018 Care for Compost Certain plants like roses, berries, and clematis appreciate this springtime pampering. Kier Holmes, Sunset, "Essential Checklist for Prepping Your Spring Garden," 22 Jan. 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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