Sugarbowl Clematis

Clematis hirsutissima Pursh var. scottii (Porter) Erickson

Synonym: Clematis scottii Porter

Like other Clematis species, sugarbowl clematis can be slow to become established but is well worth the wait. This clematis, however, is not a climber but forms a mounded shape. The blue bell-shaped flowers are followed by Dr. Seussian seed heads. This plant can flop over on the ground mid-season; overhead watering seems to encourage this. A little bit of shade may help sugarbowl clematis thrive in an especially dry situation.

Height: 10-12”
Width: 12-16”
Water needs: moderate
Exposure: full sun to light shade
Availability in nurseries: fairly uncommon
Native range: UT, CO, NM, WY, NE, SD, and OK (WY native)
Plant family: Ranunculaceae



Photo by Amy Fluet