Clematis virginiana

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Virginia Virgin's-bower


Plant Specifics

Size:to 15 ft tall by to 15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant (dies back to the ground). Blooms and fruits summer-fall.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Grow on support such as a fence or trellis. Blooms late summer to mid-fall.
Considerations:May become overly large if not trimmed.
Propagation:Establish from seed, cuttings, or division.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Attracts hummingbirds  (


Larval host for the mournful thyris (Thyris sepulchralis).

Attracts  bees (

Native Habitats:Wooded sites, disturbed areas, thickets near roadsides. Typically wet.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Has male and female plants. Only the females will have showy seed heads.

Clematis terniflora is a similar-looking non-native white Clematis that is considered to be invasive in Florida.  It is sold as an ornamental.  Please choose our native species over this Japanese plant.