Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Clematis virginiana L.

Fully hardy, deciduous, semi-woody climber with three, toothed or lobed leaflets and small, fragrant white flowers in many-flowered axillary panicles, to 15cm across.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1767.  [JD].  Don.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.325/1857].


Clematis virginiana Lour. (1790) = Clematis apiifolia DC., from Japan.

Published Mar 05, 2010 - 10:27 AM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 05:53 PM

Family Ranunculaceae
Region of origin

North America

  • Clematis dioica subsp. virginiana (L.) Kuntze 
Common Name

Woodbine, Leather flower, Virgin?s bower, Devil?s darning needle

Name in the Camden Park Record

Clematis virginiana 

Confidence level high