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: