What's in Bloom: Sweet Autumn Virginsbower

Sweet autumn virginsbower, Clematis terniflora, is a rampantly growing vine that one could almost call the kudzu of the north for its robust growth habit. Its vigorous growth quickly covers anything in its path: trellises, fences, shrubs and slow pedestrians.

Sweet autumn virginsbower, also known as Clematis terniflora, is a rampantly growing vine that one could almost call the kudzu of the north for its robust growth habit. Its vigorous growth quickly covers anything in its path: trellises, fences, shrubs and slow pedestrians. The lightly sweet-scented, small, four-petaled white flowers are produced in clusters on the current season’s growth. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reliably bloom in Juneau due to our cool, maritime climate. For optimum flower production, plant in south facing beds in full sun. In the lower Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States this plant is listed as an invasive weed.

• “What’s in Bloom” is a regular feature that runs during the year’s warmer months and features blooming plants at the city-owned Jensen-Olson Arboretum.

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