Clematis virginiana

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Clematis virginiana, Linn. Fig. 992. Climbing 12-15 ft.: lvs. ternate; lfts. glabrous, cut-toothed, bases often cordate, 2-3 in. long: fls. white, in leafy panicles, often monoecious or dioecious, about 1 in. across when expanded; plumose styles 1 in. or more in length. July-Sept. Nova Scotia to Ga., westward to Kan. G.W.- F.A. 12. V. 3:19; 9:36. Var. Catesbyana, Brit. (C. Catesbyana, Pursh). Lvs. somewhat pubescent, often biternate. Southeastern states. Intro. 1883.

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Devil's Darning Needles
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Clematis virginiana (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; syn. Clematis virginiana L. var. missouriensis (Rydb.) Palmer & Steyermark [1] ) is a vine of the Ranunculaceae family native to the United States. This plant is a vine which can climb up to 10-20ft tall. It grows on the edges of the woods, moist slopes, fence rows, in thickets and in streambanks. It produces white, fragrant flowers about an inch in diameter between July and September.


  1. Clematis virginiana at USDA PLANTS Database.


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