Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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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

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image of plant© Alan M. Cressler
image of plant© Erik Danielson source
image of plant© Erik Danielson source