Devil's Darning Needles Clematis virginiana Linnaeus    Synonyms: Virgin's Bower, Virginia Clematis.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Ranunculales   >   Family Ranunculaceae   >   Genus Clematis   

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A high-climbing vine that ascends by clasping leaf petioles or leaf rachi.

Description:

The leaves are compound, in groups of three leaflets. Its growth habit (vining) and flowers are very similar to those of Sweet Autumn Virginsbower, an invasive non-native plant. The two species can be easily separated based on the leaves, however. Devil's Darning Needle leaves have toothed margins, whereas leaves of Sweet Autumn Virginsbower are entire.

Where to find:

This plant is easily found in late summer in disturbed areas, such as along roadsides, streams, and powerline rights of way, and along forest edges. It grows throughout most of Maryland.

Relationships:

Host plant for Clematis Clearwing Moth.

There are 150 records in the project database.

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Devil's Darning Needles blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (8/23/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles blooming in Allegany Co., Maryland (8/25/2015). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/6/2012). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles blooming in Calvert Co., Maryland (8/20/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (8/22/2012). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/4/2016). Photo by Robert Ferraro. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/26/2020). (c) jared satchell, all rights reserved. Photo by Jared Satchell. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Howard Co., Maryland (8/21/2020). (c) johnbotany, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by John Hall. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Allegany Co., Maryland (8/22/2018). Photo by Mark Eanes. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/16/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles growing in Washington Co., Maryland (9/10/2016). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Howard Co., Maryland (9/17/2012). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Howard Co., Maryland (10/12/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Talbot Co., Maryland (9/21/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in seed in Frederick Co., Maryland (11/4/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles growing in Montgomery Co., Maryland (12/8/2012). Photo by Janice Browne. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Kent Co., Maryland (10/4/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Howard Co., Maryland (9/3/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles,leaflet showing mucronate tips on lobes, in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/24/2016). Photo by Jane Hill. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Garrett Co., Maryland (9/27/2020). (c) johnbotany, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by John Hall. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in Talbot Co., Maryland (4/23/2019). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Devil's Darning Needles in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (5/27/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)


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