Virgins Bower

Virgins Bower

Virgins Bower

Clematis virginiana

Perennial zones 4-9

 A woody climbing vine native to the eastern and central United States.

Infusion of the leaves and flowers is used to relieve severe headaches. Sometimes used to make ointments for sores, skin ulcers and itchy skin.

Can cause dermatitis or stomach upset in some sensitive people.

Also known as Devil’s Darning Needles, Devil’s Hair, Love Vine, Traveller’s Joy, Virgin’s Bower, Virginia Virgin’s Bower, Wild Hops, and Woodbine;  is a vine of the Ranunculaceae family native to the United States and Canada. The rationale for some of the common names is unclear, as they include examples normally applied to unrelated plants, including twining parasites (e.g. “devil’s hair” for Cuscuta). The name “Love Vine” also is applied to alleged aphrodisiacs, such as Caribbean species ofCassytha, which are unrelated to Clematis.

This plant is an aggressively growing vine which can climb to heights of 10–20 ft. It grows on the edges of the woods, moist slopes, fence rows, in thickets and on stream banks. It produces white, fragrant flowers about an inch in diameter during summer and early autumn.

Seeds do not require stratification but can be planted during late summer/early fall or in early spring. Remember this is a vining plant and requires room to grow and show off.

Container start—sow in 3-4” post covering seed app. ¼” and keeping moist during germination. After establishment Virgins Bower simply requires occasional watering.

Transplant to partial shade when plants are breaching 4-6 “

Direct seed late summer, early fall or early spring covering seed app ¼” in fertile, well drained soil.

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