Virgin's Bower; a climbing vine; member of the Buttercup Family; also known as Virgin's Bower, Woodbine, Old Man's Beard, Wild Clematis; a long vine.
Family: Buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
Flower: White; in many clusters from leaf axils; each flower about 2.5 cm wide; generally 4 sepals that look like petals; no petals; numerous stamens and pistils; male and female flowers on separate plants; July-September.
Leaves: Compound with 3 toothed ovate leaflets; each about 5 cm long; toothed; opposite on stem.
Fruit: Gray silky plumes, attached to seeds, appear after flowering.
Stem: Vine with stem up to 3 m long; the vine lacks tendrils and supports itself by twisting its stem about other plants.
Height: Up to 3 m.
Habitat: Stream and river banks, thickets, wood edges, other moist places. Climbs over old fences, bushes in woodlands and along rivers or creeks.