When the Clematis are blooming, it's hard to see anything but the flowers. While cutting back and fertilizing 'Vyvyan Pennell,' I noticed the foliage for the first time. Its perfect heart-shaped leaves look a lot like those of a Redbud. Then I noticed how different they are from those of Clematis 'Natascha,' which are long and narrow. Different again is the foliage of Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon,' with its divided leaves. Clematis 'Crystal Fountain' has red stems, but its foliage is similar to that of Clematis 'Evipo 23' (Cezanne).The foliage of Clematis 'Evisix' (Petit Faucon) is tinged with red.
No, it's not a Clematis. This leaf belongs to the native Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisamea triphyllum). I just couldn't resist the large, tropical look of it.