Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Clematis virginiana - Virgin's Bower

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Virgin's Bower

To view the natural range of  Virgin's Bower visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website.

Native Plant of the Year - LEAP (Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity) - Native Plant of the Year 2017 - Landscaping for Biodiversity with Ohio Native Plants - Cleveland Metroparks Technical Report 2017
Clematis virginiana
Image by Jim Wohl
Wildlife Significance - Virgin's Bower
Nectar Source -  Hummingbirds. butterflies and moths, Halictid bees, and flies

Wildlife habitat - Provides cover for birds, insects and small mammals 
Deer - Leaves are poisonous, mammals avoid this native clematis

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildlife website
Clematis virginiana
butterfly yard art
Picture taken at Benjamin Franklin Garden, Old Brooklyn, Ohio
squirrel sitting near a Virgin Bower
Notice what is growing on the trellis! Image by Jim Wohl
Cultivation Information - Clematis virginiana

Vine Native to Ohio - Ours is growing on a trellis that is 6 ft high, once it reached the top of the trellis it "heads" for the nearest tree

Height - 6 or more ft

Flower Color - White dainty flowers that look like snowflakes

Blooms - July - September

Sun - Full to part shade, our is growing on a woodland edge that receives

Soil - Moist to dry

Hardy Zone - 3 to 8
pH - 6.0 to 7.0

Family - Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Virgin's Bower
Clematis virginiana - Virgin's Bower

Seed Provenance - Clematis virginiana - Virgin's Bower Gift from the birds Ohio 2012 - Nodding Onion Garden 2016 to present