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PlantFiles: Species Clematis, Drummond's Clematis, Virgin Bower Vine
Clematis drummondii

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clematis (KLEM-uh-tiss) (Info)
Species: drummondii (drum-AWN-dee-eye) (Info)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Flower Fragrance:
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Bloom Diameter:
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Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pruning Groups:
Group 3 - Summer/Fall bloomers; prune hard in early spring

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Debrac98 On Jun 9, 2013, Debrac98 from Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:

I live in southern Arizona. This plant voluntarily showed up several years ago along a fence. I didn't tend it and in fact tried to chop it out a few times. I guess you could say it 'grew' on me, because I have come to really appreciate it. It will do okay with no supplemental water, but give it some and it really takes off and is a beautiful, quick-growing vine; excellent for view blocking. It's one of the first things to start turning green around here and one of the last to go dormant. It flowers for several months. My 25 year old Japanese Honeysuckle is on its way out and I've decided to replace it with this if I can propagate it. It's supposed to spread easily, but here where I'm at it hasn't, so if you're in a dry climate it probably won't be invasive.

Positive htop On Oct 17, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

(San Antonio, Tx.)
Other common names virgin's-bower, Texas virginsbower, barbas de chivato, and Texas old man's beard
This is a climbing, semi-woody perennial vine that has numerous small (.8 inches across) white to creamy colored blooms.It grows prolifically and some consider it an invasive weed. It is a native to Arizona, New Mexico, southwestern Oklahoma and Texas. The butterfly, fatal metalmark, likes its nectar which is not very strong. I love this vine and played with the seeds as a child ... and still do! My family did not know its name so we called it "the feather vine". Seeing these vines with seeds in the fall brings back fond memories of my youth, barefoot and carefree, spent in the country until urban sprawl surrounded my childhood place of residence. The vines usually can be found on fences, along riverbanks and roadsides or in yards covering other plants if not kept under control. Clematis vitalba is also called "Old Man's Beard" and "traveler's joy". It has much larger leaves and the seeds are enmeshed in much more of a cottony looking ball (in the photos I have seen, it is not as feathery).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Camp Verde, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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