Sweet-scented Virgins Bower Clematis flammula




Scientific Name: Clematis flammula (Ranunculaceae).

English Name: Sweet-scented Virgins Bower; Fragrant Virgins Bower (Buttercup family).


French Name: Clématite brûlante (='burning clematis'); Clématite odorante (='scented clematis').



5 Key Characters:
  • Tiny fragrant (almond scented) white flowers.
  • Scrambling plant. 
  • Peppery tasting leaves.
  • Leaves in stems of 3-7 oval leaflets.


Lookalikes: Other wild clematis with small white flowers.


Habitat: Prefers sun and heat.


Flowering Period: June-July-August.

Status: Globally widely cultivated, but native to southern France and rare in the wild in the Touraine.


Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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