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Purple Clématis

Purple  Clématis
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Price: $5.50
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Model: Clematis heracleifolia
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Clématis is a genus of mostly vigorous climbing lianas, with attractive flowers. Some species are shrubby, and some others are herbaceous perennial plants. They are generally calcicole species, found throughout the temperate regions of both hemispheres, and also in mountains in the tropics, on limestone and other basic soils. The cool temperate species are deciduous, but many of the warmer climate species are evergreen.

The entire genus contains essential oils and compounds which are extremely irritating to the skin and mucous membranes. Unlike Black Pepper or Capsicum, however, the compounds in clematis cause internal bleeding of the digestive tract if ingested in large amounts. The plants are essentially toxic. Despite its toxicity, Native Americans used very small amounts of clematis as an effective treatment for migraine headaches and nervous disorders. It was also used as an effective treatment of skin infections.

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