virgin's bower Ranunculaceae Clematis virginiana L. Listen to the Latin symbol: CLVI5 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite, deciduous, trifoliate (sometimes pinnate with 5 leaflets), individual leaflets ovate with toothed margins, 2 to 4 inches long; shiny green above and paler below; both the long petiolules and the rachis commonly wrap around other structures to aid in climbing.
Flower: Species is monoecious; fragrant and showy, white with 4 sepals, 3/4 inch across, borne on panicles, present late summer.
Fruit: Small dry brown seeds with a long white feathery plume, borne in thin dandelion-like heads, maturing in the fall, can be nearly as showy as the flowers.
Twig: Initially green, changing to red-brown, numerous ridges, wiry, climbs by twining.
Bark: Initially smooth and light brown, later developing long splits and shreddy long strips.
Form: A climbing vine that can completely overtake its supporting stucture in a dense tangle, to 20 feet.

Looks like: sweetautumn clematis
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Additional Range Information:
Clematis virginiana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting virgin's bower.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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