Clematis virginiana

White Virgin's Bower

Names and Myths

Clematis Name used by Dioscorides for some climbing plant24

virginiana of Virginia

Natural history / Folklore

Sap contains variable amounts of protoanemonins which can cause skin irritations on absorption.32 If ingested sever cases show paralysis of the central nervous system. Avoided by livestock.19


Wooded sprawling vine, compound leaves with three leaflets, four petal-like sepals. Feathery plums attached to seeds aid in dispersal.

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