|Clematis recta 'Purpurea' is an herbaceous perennial and belongs to AHS group 3. Small, 3/4 inch long flowers are held in terminal panicles and borne from summer to fall. Blooms are followed by showy, woolly seed heads. Leaves are purple when young, maturing to grayish green, lance-shaped, 3 to 6 inches long. C. recta 'Purpurea' makes a lovely addition to a perennial border, though it does need support. Native to central and southern Europe.