Clematis virginiana  L. - Virgin's Bower


 

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Clematis virginiana - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ranunculaceae

Habitat

Moist woods, thickets.

Associates

 

Distribution

Nova Scotia and eastern Quebec west to Manitoba, south to GA and LA.

Morphology

Perennial, woody vine growing up to 5 meters. Leaves opposite, on long petioles, leaflets three, acuminate, coarsely toothed. Flowers and fruits cymose-paniculate; petals white; sepals thin. Fruits are small achenes in round cluster with long feathery styles.   

Notes

Flowers July to October

Wetland indicator: Facultative

Also called fleece vine for the appearance of the seed head in the fall.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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