'Downy Clematis' Ranunculaceae:
Large flowers in many colors including light blue to dark blue, violet, pink, white and even a rose. Many of the flowers have a 'double' look to them. Grows 3 to 9 feet tall. Many flowers are produce in mid spring and look real nice on a short wire fence. A showy selection to try next to a fence post or trained up a brick wall- the spring and early summer flowers are replaced by attractive silver tailed seeds. Flowers can be produced on and off through out the summer into fall.
The species is native from China and Siberia. Germination in 20-30 days at 55 F. nights and 72 F. days. Darkness helps, so cover seeds completely when sowing. The seeds that do not germinate in response to the above regime, move to 35F for three weeks.