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
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
close of of the Virgin's Bower tendrils
Jim's close uo of the tendrils is amazing!

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

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)

lots of white flowers with yellow center with bee buzzing around
Bee having a field day on Clematis virginiana
The entire image is taken up by the white flowers of Virgin's Bower
Virgin's Bower in full bloom