ClematisClematis (Ranunculaceae) is also known as the Reality Flower – from escaping reality to living in reality.

“Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times, when their ideals may come true. In illness some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.” Edward Bach.

Clematis relates to the soul’s potential for inspired creativity.  In the negative Clematis state the personality tries to take part as little as possible in real life activities, and instead lives in a world of rich imagination and withdrawn from reality.

People in a negative Clematis state are wanderers between the worlds. Reality doesn’t hold much attraction for them and, whenever possible, will withdraw from the bothersome present to their castles in the Sky.  When things seem to be getting unpleasant, or even difficult, they’ll often make highly unrealistic suggestions for the solution of problems to the horror of the people around them; they give themselves up to idealistic illusions.

Some of the characteristics to look for include:

  • You are lost in thought, absentminded, or rarely fully present
  • You are inattentive and scatter-brained, a daydreamer
  • You have little interest in the present situation and live more in your own fantasy world
  • You’re a wanderer between worlds, often you don’t feel at home in reality
  • You’re constantly searching for misplaced articles
  • You easily lost your way
  • You have trouble keeping order in your workspace, your surroundings often look chaotic
  • You escape into unrealistic and illusory speculations when facing problems
  • You have a far off gaze and dreamy eyes
  • You appear lost in dreams, never entirely awake, or a bit confused
  • You react with the same indifference to good news and bad
  • You have hardly any aggression or fear because you’re not really here
  • You lack vitality and often appear remarkably pale
  • You often have cold hands and feet, or an empty feeling in your head
  • You experience floating sensations, sometimes you feel dopey as though lightly anesthetised
  • You need a lot of sleep, you like to doze and may nod off at odd moments
  • You tend to faint easily
  • Sometimes you romanticise dying, though without any active suicidal intentions
  • You have little sense of pain, are often out of touch with your body, and tend to bump into things
  • You have a poor memory, especially for details, and don’t take the trouble to listen carefully
  • You are liable to develop sight or hearing problems, your eyes and ears being more attuned to the inside than the outside
  • You have little motivation to get well quickly when ill, your instinct for self-preservation is weak
  • You frequently tell little white lies without even realising it
  • You are sometimes unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality and can make up lies about life that you eventually believe
  • When asked simple concrete questions you invent full blown stories
  • Your creative talents often go untapped; despite artistic gifts, you end up taking pedestrian jobs just to earn a living

Even if only one of two of these patterns precisely match your present situation, you need Clematis

The positive potential for taking this remedy include realistic perceptions and a concrete perspective on life; you concentrate on things that can be done. You’re able to dream up visions and put them into action. Your creative lifestyle enriches your daily routines to make them interesting. You’re purposeful in bringing creativity to physical realisation. You have excellent perception of shape, colour, sound and aroma.

Empowering statements

  • I am awake
  • I see clearly
  • I create


Note: taken from the Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer