Clematis virginiana - Virgin's Bower - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

Virgin's Bower

Clematis virginiana

Also called Devil's Darning Needles, Devil's Hair, Love Vine

  • Flower Colour: Small white
  • Flower Size: 3 cm
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to fall
  • Pruning Group: 3
  • Profuse clusters at leaf axils
  • Leaves are bright green, 10 cm long, with three sharply-toothed ovate leaflets
  • Feathery seed heads



4-6 m

4-5 m

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Clematis virginiana is known to be a prolific self-seeder. Clematis grow best in a rich, moist to average, well-drained soil, in full sun. Protection from intense afternoon sun is beneficial. Large-flowering bi-colours, reds, and blues may fade quickly if planted in direct sun. Roots need a cool environment to thrive; it is recommended to plant a ground cover or shallow-rooted perennial to shade the roots; mulching is suggested. Plant the crown 3-5 cm below the soil's surface. Clematis are slow to establish and initially need to be tied to a trellis or fence to begin climbing.

Additional Notes about Virgin's Bower:

Native to Ontario

Clematis are grouped into three different categories for pruning and maintenance:

Group 3: Late Flowering - Flowers form on the terminal 60-90 cm of the current season's growth. Some bloom as early as midsummer and continue into the fall. In early spring, prune each stem, leaving the lowest 2-3 buds. The new growth can be tipped back when it reaches about 30 cm, to induce better branching and flowering.