Other common names:
Buttercup Family (Ranunculaceae)
Woody Vine; Compound leaves. Distinctive fluffy seed head persists into winter. White 4-part flowers.
Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans) - larger leaves, bright red large tubular flowers.
Purple Clematis (Clematis occidentalis) - purple flowers.
Summer; White, Green/Brown; 4 parts (petals); White, 4 petals.
Opposite/Whorled, Compound, Toothed; 3 leaflets.
Up to 5 m (16 ft)
fluffy head, persist into winter.
Fields and Open Areas, Wet Areas; Clearings, edges of forests& thickets.
Grows in Sun/Shade:
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 170
Shrubs of Ontario: 117
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: virginiana: of Virginia, Virginian
Virgin's Bower and the Asian Twin, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney
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