Cool Plant: August 20, 2009
|Virgin's Bower Clematis
|Virgin Bower Flowers
||Virgin Bower Leaves
|Species Native Range: Eastern 2/3 of U.S.
|Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-8
|Mature Size: 15-20 feet long
|Exposure: Full sun to light shade
|Soil: Rich, well-drained
|Drought Tolerance: Excellent
|Ease of Culture: Easy
In the late summer, one of the last clematis vines to bloom comes into flower. This perennial twining vine produces half-inch,
crisp white, four-petaled flowers over the length of the vine. This undemanding vine is an almost identical twin to the
non-native, noxious weed Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis ternifolia, C. paniculata) which blooms at the same time with
identical flowers. To differentiate the two, the native Virgin's Bower Clematis
possesses lobed/toothed leaves whereas Sweet Autumn Clematis has smooth edges.
Virgin's Bower Clematis grows quickly to cover an arbor, trellis, mailbox or fence and since it blooms on new growth, can
be trimmed as needed in the winter to a desired size. Flowering occurs in August after which "fuzzy" seed heads will
appear lengthening the season of interest up until first frost.
Plant VB Clematis in full sun to light shade in moist to average soil that is well-drained. This vine can be used in any
style of garden from formal to cottage. One of the more interesting uses is to mix it on the same structure as
climbing roses or even sprawling through a hedge or large shrub.
Good companion plants include daylilies, roses, obedient plant, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, Autumn Joy sedum and other
late-summer flowering plants.
This is a specialty plant more easily found at nurseries that carry a broad range of native plants. Check the web site of
the Georgia Native Plant Society for a list of suitable nurseries. It's also easy to propagate this plant from seed if you
should wish to harvest them from any wild plants.
GNPS Nursery List
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