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Clematis virginiana

You really have to love common names for plants. Clematis virginiana also goes by Virgin’s Bower, or more colorfully, Devil’s Darning Needles. This flowering vine grows aggressively, as most vines do.


Train up a strong trellis for multi-season interest, compound leaves reminiscent of grape leaves grow on purplish stems in the spring, delicate white flowers in the late summer, and interesting seed pods in the winter.


C. virginiana is a sexed plant, meaning there are both male and female flowers, with only the female flowers producing seed. Both can spread via rhizomes underground.


You can distinguish between the native Clematis and the invasive Clematis terniflora by comparing the leaves. If the leaf is toothed, you have the native, whereas if the leaf has smooth edges, it is the invasive and you are going to want to remove it promptly (and likely repeatedly!)


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Clematis virginiana (Virgin's bower)

  • details

    SIZE: 2 quart pot
    type: vine
    sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade, shade
    water needs: Average to moist soil.
    height: 9'
    plant spacing: 3' distance
    bloom time: July, August, September
    bloom color: white
  • special notes

    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.