Clematis drummondi  - Old Man's Beard

Clematis drummondii – Old Man’s Beard

Here is a flower that appears in the fall as a bunch of wispy cotton balls hanging over bushes and trailing all over the place. It’s fairly obvious how it gets the common name Old Man’s Beard, with its flowing white tresses of feathery seedheads. I have a slightly darker version of this photo against the sky. which remind me of something like spiders from Mars. Fortunately, lighten up the shadows and lo and behold, we have downy feathers.

Clematis drummondi - Old Man's Beard

Clematis drummondii – Old Man’s Beard

Here’s a different angle, looking like a side view of ZZ Top.  Not so feathery from this POV, a little grizzly perhaps. note: I just looked this up on the WFC’s NPIN and found out that drummondii is spelled with two i’s. Also that it’s called Texas Virgin’s Bower