Fragrant virgin’s bower
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Lianes and Related Trailing Plants
Deciduous woody climber, stem terete, weak ribbing. Leaves very sparsely hairy, green & thick, 2-pinnate, 8-15 x 3-12cm, ovate to lanceolate, cuneate to truncate at base, acute to obtuse; margin entire or 2-3 lobed; petiole glabrous, 4-5cm long. Small white flowers 20-30 mm diameter with 4 sepals. Seeds hairy & compressed, 5-6mm long.
Superficially similar to C. vitalba but leaves are 2-pinnate and sepal lobes relatively longer and narrower..
January, February, March.
Unripe in February, ripe April-May
Eurasia, N Africa
Reason for introduction
clematis: From the Greek klema ‘vine’, alluding to the vine-like habit of many species