Clematis virginiana Linnaeus. Subgenus: Clematis. Virgin's-bower. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: In a wide variety of moist forests, thickets, and openings. Dist: Nova Scotia, ON, and MB, south to wc. peninsular FL and TX.
ID notes: Vegetatively, this species can be distinguished from C. viorna and C. crispa (the other common and widespread species in our area) by its leaves with three relatively symmetrical leaflets (vs. leaves with 3-many irregular leaflets).
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Syn: = Ar, C, F, Fl2, FNA3, GrPl, GW2, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, Mo3, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3; ? Clematis virginiana var. virginiana – G