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Native Plant Society of Texas

Texas Virgin's Bower

Clematis drummondii

Other common name(s):

Old Man's Beard, Drummond's Clematis, Goat's Beard

Family:

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Chihuahuan Deserts, Edwards Plateau, Southern Texas Plains, Texas Blackland Prairies

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Vine

Height

3
to
6
ft.

Spread

3
to
6
ft.

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam, Clay, Limestone

Light Requirement

Sun, Part Shade

Water Requirement

Low

Native Habitat

Grassland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

White

Bloom Season

Spring, Summer

Seasonal Interest

Nectar, Larval Host, Flowers

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies

Maintenance

Can be grown from seed easily, propagated by cuttings which will root from nodes with less success, or transplanted from the field in winter.

Comments

Clematis drummondii is hardy and drought tolerant. Notable ornamental features include delicate foliage, long blooming, attractive flowers, and interesting feathery seed clusters. Larval Host: Fatal Metalmark Butterfly. Nectar: Common Wood Nymph.

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CLDR. 3) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Clematis+drummondii&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 4) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=20682&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 5) Miller, George O., Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas 2nd Ed., 2013, pg 52, 6) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=18695#null
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