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Clematis virginiana

Also called Devil's Darning Needles, Devil's Hair, Love Vine


Clematis virginiana - Virgin's Bower - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

Clematis virginiana - Virgin's Bower - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

More About Clematis virginiana

  • Flower Colour: Small, white
  • Flower Size: 3 cm
  • Bloom Time: All summer
  • Pruning Group: 3
  • Profuse clusters at leaf axils
  • Leaves are bright green, 10 cm long, with three sharply-toothed, ovate leaflets
  • Feathery seed heads

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

Clematis are grouped into three different categories for pruning and maintenance:

Group 3: Late Flowering - Flowers form on the terminal 60-90 cm of the current season's growth. Some bloom as early as midsummer and continue into the fall. In early spring, prune each stem, leaving the lowest 2-3 buds. The new growth can be tipped back when it reaches about 30 cm, to induce better branching and flowering.

 

Zone:

4

Height:

4-6 m

Spread:

4-5 m

Colour:

White
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Virgin's Bower Growing and Maintenance Tips

Clematis virginiana is known to be a prolific self-seeder. Clematis grow best in a rich, moist to average, well-drained soil, in full sun. Protection from intense afternoon sun is beneficial. Large, flowering bi-colours, reds, and blues may fade quickly if planted in direct sun. Roots need a cool environment to thrive; it is recommended planting a ground cover or shallow rooted perennial to shade the roots; mulching is suggested. Plant the crown 3-5 cm below the soil's surface. Clematis are slow to establish and initially need to be tied to a trellis or fence to begin climbing.


Clematis virginiana Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Fast
Fast
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Attributes

Seed
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Summer

Habit

Climbing

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Clematis virginiana