Aug 19 2012

Virgin’s Bower

Published by at 7:30 am under Plants

In the winter this flowering vine earns the nickname Old Man's Beard for its hairy, beardlike seeds.

In August it bears white frothy flowers that drape other plants like a Virgin's Bower.

Clematis virginiana is blooming now in western Pennsylvania.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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4 Responses to “Virgin’s Bower”

  1. Marcy Con 20 Aug 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I am looking for plants of these….I used to have them at our old place and loved them. Do they transplant very easy? I know where they would get cut down so I didn’t know if they would grow easily by seed or if transplanting is the best.

  2. Kate St. Johnon 20 Aug 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Good question… but I don’t know the answer. I hope another reader knows & leaves a comment.

  3. Dianne Machesneyon 21 Aug 2012 at 8:30 am

    According to “Handbook of Wildflower Cultivation” by Kathryn Taylor

    Propagation can be done three ways: by seeds sown in the spring or fall, first removing the plumes; by layering the long stems; by transplanting in spring.

    It prefers a moderately acidic soil.

  4. CarrolltonOhon 25 Aug 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I planted the seeds that were attached to the dandylion like fluff, as soon as I saw others floating around (September). Plant the seeds directly where you wish them to grow…
    The first year they were small 8 inch tall plants…the second year (this year) they grew like crazy! It is a huge vine, so give it something big to grow on, or a big arbor!! It is very similar to sweet autumn clematis..(it’s relative), but the leaves and flowers are much larger. It is a great plant!…Chad

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