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Virgin’s Bower

Scientific name

Clematis virginiana


The Virgin's Bower is a vigorous, deciduous, woody vine species. This plant can grow and spread about 5-6 m with support or can form a tight, dense mat over an open surface by self-seeding and suckering. This species is most recognized for its fluffy seed head fruit, which persists throughout winter. Leaves are oppositely arranged, oval shaped, have 3-5 toothed leaflets, and are considered to be poisonous to humans. This plant is especially noticeable during late summer when its four-petaled, sweetly aromatic, white flowers emerge. Virgin's Bower grows best in sites that are moist or wet and have full or partial sun exposure. However, it can tolerate a variety of soil types and moisture levels. This vine species is found along the shorelines of rivers, lakes, marshes, and along forest edges.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Moist
    • Wet
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
  • Plant type:
    • Vine
  • Height:
    • 5-6m
  • Spread:
    • 5m