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Virgin's Bower
Clematis virginiana

Virgin's Bower is a perennial vine that produces clusters of small white flowers. Not to be confused with Sweet Autumn Clematis, an aggressive non-native vine that has rounded (as opposed to jagged-edged) leaves.

USDA symbol: CLVI5

General Information

Plant TypeVine
Height6 to 20 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorWhite
Virgin's Bower (Virgin's Bower<div><em class="small">Clematis virginiana</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJuly to August
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism4
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAnoka, Becker, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cook, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui, Lake, Le Sueur, Lyon, Marshall, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands