One of the real joys of the winter gardening season is the Mediterranean native Clematis cirrhosa. Here is how it looks today, draped across the railing on our house deck. Clematis cirrhosa blooms from now until early spring, so you will often find the flowers completely encased in snow or ice…pretty amazing! Did you know that clematis and hellebores are first cousins? They are both members of the Ranunculus (buttercup) family Can you see the resemblance in the flowers? I can’t imagine anyone in Zone 7 and south who doesn’t grow this in their garden.