What is this flower?

serenitySeptember 14, 2006

First I'd like to say I'm sorry I can't show you a picture. I'll put a link for a paint picture I drew but it is not a great picture. I don't have a scanner so... I used painta nd I'm not great at paint.Second, I'll give you a description of the flower. It is a vine I think. It has pretty tendrils. It's leaves have three points and the flower is purple. it has many very skinny petals that stick out like, for lack of a better word, spikes around the circumference of the flower and then there are oval petals underneath those.

Here is the link. And the picture isn't good so please don't laugh. : )

Btw, I found it near some woods in Georgia.

Here is a link that might be useful: Paint picture

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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

That's a very good drawing!

I'm 98% sure it's clematis (or alt. spelling clemetis). They can spread by seed, so your found plant may have been from what I call "a gift of the birds." The fun part of bird-gifts is that you never know just what you will get. Clematis ranges from about 2' to more than 10' in height, depending on the variety - and there are hundreds of varieties :)

Here is a link that might be useful: clematis photos

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 6:56AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Looks sorta like Passion vine, too.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 12:11PM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

Passionflower has those stamens that stick out in front... I think it would have been drawn if there. But maybe they aren't as noticeable at some stage. Guess I'll have to grow a passiflora and find out.

Here is a link that might be useful: passionflowers

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 3:30PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Perhaps it's a 'cross' (just kidding), with Clematis flowers and passion vine leaves. lol

Here is a link that might be useful: Passiflora

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 4:05PM
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Jesus_lives_2006_yahoo_com

Thanks so much for your help everyone! I'm pretty sure its a passionflower now because I saw a picture of one where it showed the stamens and some of the thin petals. Btw, how do you know if their fruit is ripe? I found some green things near a vine that I think was the same kind.
-Serenity

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 6:17PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Since you don't know what kind of passion vine you have, you should probably allow the fruit to drop to the ground and collect it then. They need to remain on the vine to ripen. Some varieties turn purple when ripe and others turn yellow, and there are probably other colors! Let them fall and you will be able to tell from then on when the fruit is ripe.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 11:41AM
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Jesus_lives_2006_yahoo_com

Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2006 at 4:57PM
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