Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: Vining to 15′
Bloom Color: White, fragrant
Bloom Season: July – August
Suggested Uses: Virgin’s Bower is a climbing vine with nice, clean, green foliage and delicate white flowers that turn into small smokey-like plumes, when maturing to seed. Grows nicely on a trellis or arbor. It grows in moist roadsides and along riverbanks and is a very useful plant for shoreline restoration. Can be aggressive.
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of the U.S. especially New England and Appalachia. Native to scattered regions throughout the Midwest and the South too.
Pollinators: This vine is very attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Songbirds nest in the foliage. Host plant for the Clematis Clearwing Moth (Alcathoe caudate).
Flowers: Grow in clusters. White, with 4 petal-like sepals each. Dioecious. Plants generally produce either male or female flowers, not both.
Leaves: Compound with 3 lobes and pointed tips. Leaves usually grow in groups of 3.
Other Names: Devil’s Darning Needles, Old Man’s Beard
More information: USDA Plant profile