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Modified Sepals.

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How do I grow Clematis?

Modified Sepals.

A curious fact about Clematis is that their "petals" are in fact colourful modified sepals.In the wild these are used to attract pollinating insects.
Look at the base of an open Rose flower to see what sepals normally look like. They are the green leaflike structures that protect the unopened flower bud.

   

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