Western Blue Virginsbower (Clematis occidentalis), aka Blue Clematis or Blue Rock Clematis, is another one of those Colorado wildflowers that I like just because of its name. Try as I might, however, I can’t seem to find any information on how this plant came to be called “virginsbower.”

I found this flower for the first time last year, on two different occasions, in two very disparate locations. The drooping flowers of Western Blue Virginsbower bloom in May to June and they have no petals. What looks like the petals are actually sepals. The drooping characteristic of the flower makes it difficult to photograph.

All parts of this plant are poisonous, so try not to eat or even touch this one. 

western blue virginsbower

western blue virginsbower

This is what the Western Blue Clematis looks like after it has gone to seed.

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