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Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana)


Light:

Sun or light shade. Woodland edge.

Flowering:

Mid to late summer

Soil:

Any well-drained soil

Height:

Vine

Color:

White

Hardiness:

Zone 3 to 4. Hardy native.

Uses:

Fences. trellises

Care:

Easy. As with all clematis. likes roots cool and moist but with sun on blooms. Prune hard in spring - flowers on new growth.

Native:

Yes

Comments:

As the botanical name implies, this is a wild version of the popular clematis. Although not as large-flowered and showy as most of today's cultivars, this is a lovely plant and quite undemanding. Virgins Bower is a climbing vine and should be planted along a fence or trellis or placed where it can tumble over other bushes or cover an old stump. It is covered with masses of small creamy white flowers in June and July.

Virgins Bower will grow in full sun or light shade. In nature it is commonly found along the edges of woods and thickets where they receive dappled light or direct light at least part of the day. Like most clematis, it enjoys cool roots and will benefit from a summer mulching. Plants are best left undisturbed once established.

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