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Virgin's Bower

Clematis drummondii

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Vines
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
6-10' × 6-10'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season March-September
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 15 °F
Leaf Description Toothed, typically ovate (roughly egg shaped egg shaped) with sparse to dense hairs
Fruit Long, narrow "headdress" of achenes (dry single seeded fruit)
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Elevation Range 1000-4500 ft.
Description Virgin's bower is a resident of Arizona from Prescott, south to the border. This plant can be found particularly in washes and arroyos, but may be seen in open areas below 4,500 feet. The plant can be quite prolific with pubescent, toothed foliage rising from dense woody stems. Staminate (pollen bearing) and pistillate (fruiting) flowers are borne on seperate plants. On pistillate plants the white flowers give way to a shaggy headress of narrow achenes (one seeded fruits which don't split when dry) that are as visually interesting as the blooms. In lower desert gardens, partial shade may be beneficial, with open planting areas being preferable at higher elevations. The dense foliage makes this a good choice for growing up an arbor, or for planting in a bosque for a lush effect.