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Virgin's Bower
Clematis virginiana

• Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
• Habitat: wood edges, thickets, streambanks
• Height: vine, typically climbing 10-20 feet
• Flower size: 1 inch across
• Flower color: white
• Flowering time: July to September
• Origin: native

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Clematis virginiana
Clematis virginiana
Virgin's bower has distinctive seeds.
Clematis virginiana
Virgin's bower is easily confused with sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora or Clematis paniculata), an Asian vine that has escaped from gardens. The two vines can be distinguished by their leaves; on a virgin's bower, almost all leaves are have jagged teeth. Sweet autumn clematis has rounded leaves, which are mostly untoothed.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.