|Fall-blooming Clematis across top of fence|
|Clematis seed clusters in October.|
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The second function of coloring up, for grapes and berries called "verison," is a signal to animals that the plants' creations are now ready to be eaten. On the face of it, this feels counterproductive - why go to a season-long effort to create packaging around seeds only to see the end product hijacked by some hungry herbivore? However, the point of being eaten is that the seeds will pass through the animal's digestive system intact, and because defecation will likely take place distant from the starting point, help distribute seeds to new locations.
|Autumn Clematis seed cluster, October|
See heads are red, and tails are
beginning to change.
|Autumn Clematis seed cluster, November|
Seed heads have lost color and
tails have become 'feathery'