Connecticut Plants
Virgin's Bower
Clematis virginiana L.
  • Family: buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
  • Habitat: wood edges, thickets, streambanks
  • Height: vine, typically climbing 10-20 feet
  • Flower size: 1 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: July to September
  • Origin: native
Clematis virginiana L.
Clematis virginiana L.

Virgin's bower has distinctive seeds.

Clematis virginiana L.

Virgin's bower is easily confused with sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora or Clematis paniculata), an Asian vine that has escaped from gardens. The two vines can be distinguished by their leaves; on a virgin's bower, almost all leaves are have jagged teeth. Sweet autumn clematis has rounded leaves, which are mostly untoothed.