I have a beautiful Clematis virginiana growing near the gate on the fence that surrounds my pool. It is called Virgin’s Bower and sometimes Devil’s Darning Needles or Woodbine. This particular plant came from Door Landscape and Nursery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. Owner Cliff Orsted “grew it from seed collected from vines growing over shrubs and into the lower branches of trees in a moderately-canopied deciduous woods very close to the shores of Lake Michigan about 10 miles south of the ship canal.” It’s a pollinator magnet.
“The vines were 25-30 feet in length. Its habit was very open and airy. I suspect this was because of the moderate light conditions under the deciduous canopy.” [Read more…]