Clematis virginiana9-12' long vine. North American native, also called Virgin’s Bower, Devil’s Darning Needle and Old Man’s Beard. Vigorous red-stemmed climbing vines are studded with small clusters of fragrant 1" creamy white flowers, each with four elliptical petal-like sepals. Blossoms attract pollinating butterflies, moths and flies. An individual plant may produce all male flowers, all female flowers, or all bisexual “perfect” flowers. Both female and perfect flowers transform into silky 2’" tufty seed heads that provide food for migratory birds. Thick foliage creates a safe and cozy nesting place for a variety of birds, including goldfinches and the stunning Indigo Bunting.
To keep woodbine from dominating your gardens, you can cut it back by half in early spring, but first check for bird nests! Be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves, as woodbine can cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. Plant in full to part sun, in moist to wet soil, perhaps along the edge of the woods. Mulch with leaves, straw or a large rock to keep roots cool and moist. Mid to late summer blooms. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock immediately. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. Store plants in their packaging in a cool (35–40°) location until you are ready to plant. If it’s going to be awhile, you can pot up your perennials.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.