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Wild Clematis Wild Clematis - Virgin's Bower
Virgin's Bower
Old Man's Beard

Clematis virginiana

Wild Clematis - Old Man's Beard Seed heads have silky threads which give them the appearance of an 'Old Man's Beard'

Native Wildflower

Buttercup family Wild Clematis leaves Wild Clematis has sharp toothed leaflets in threes. It grows in light woods and thickets, edges of deep woods, meadows, roadsides and streambanks.


Soil Type - Well drained, humus rich, sandy loam
Soil ph - Slightly alkaline
Water - Moist to dry dryness
Light - Full sun - Part shade


Height - Vines 5 - 20 ft.
Time of bloom - August - Sept
Flower colors - White
Propagation - Seed, Cuttings
Transplants - Difficult

Virgin's Bower
Wild Clematis vine