Clematis virginiana

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Woodbine, Devil's Darning Needles, Devil's Hair, Love Vine, Traveller's Joy, Virgin's Bower, Virginia Virgin's Bower, Wild Hops, Wild Clematis
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - August
    Status: Native

Clematis virginiana, or Woodbine, is a vine native to most of the eastern half of the United States. It grows in open woods, as well as woodland edges, fencerows, thickets and other moist areas where it grows on top of other plants. It blooms in mid to late summer with bright white flowers; in the fall, it has cascading seed pods that look like little waterfalls.

This species is quite distinct, among the other native species of Clematis, however, the non-native species, Clematis terniflora, looks almost identical in its flower, and it is much more invasive. They can be differentiated though, with some examination. Clematis terniflora has strong leathery leaves, and Clematis virginiana does not; additionally, Clematis terniflora has smooth, single lobed leaves with no breaks, while Clematis virginiana has three lobed leaves that look like a maple leaf. See below for a comparison:

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