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Leather Flower, Vasevine, American Bells
Part sun to light shade; medium moisture level; rich, well-drained soil; prefers circumneutral pH.
8-12 feet height; blooms in summer; bell-shaped flowers which are pale lavender to reddish purple; brown seeds.
Growth Rate: Slow as a young plant
Maintenance: Can be coaxed to weave through woody shrubs such as rhododendrons, which looks quite attractive.
Native Region: East Tennessee, lightly in Middle Tennessee
Low, woody vine with attractive flowers and seeds that have long silky tails, a characteristic of the Clematis species. Flowers are thick and leathery, resembling bells or upturned vases. Easy to grow, adaptable, and non-invasive. Grows its best in filtered shade and moist, well drained soils. Can tolerate full sun in a wetter location. It can be left to ramble, forming a loose, low-growing thicket or trained up a support. Attracts butterflies.