CO Plant Identification

Asked September 23, 2019, 9:22 AM EDT

Hi, I have spent a fair amount of time trying to identify a plant that I photographed on a recent hike in Lair O' the Bear Park, Jefferson County, Colorado. There was enough of this very visible plant around that I thought it would be easy enough to ID later at home (in TN) but even a Master Gardener friend was unfamiliar. So I come to you!

I did not investigate enough at the time to be sure if I am seeing a shrub --or a vine in a shrub. I am not plant knowledgeable enough to even understand if what I see is a flower, or like a dandelion, part of the seed phase. I hope you can help me.

Thank you! ~Carol Van Cleef, Oliver Springs, TN

Jefferson County Colorado

2 Responses

You are seeing the seed heads. I think the plant is Western White Clematis. Clematis ligusticifolia. The plant is a vigorous vine with white flowers and is fairly common in the Western US

Thank you!