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This lovely flowering native vine is (in my opinion) as showy as or even showier than many of the cultivars and species available via the nursery trade. I grew up calling it by two names, not aware that they were the same plant. While setting the lovely mantle white flowers, I heard it called Virgin's Bower; when encountered later in the season when the wicked-looking furry seeds had set, I heard it called Devil's Darning Needle. It was not until recently that I realized that these two are in fact the same plant.
USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: MB , NB , NS , ON , PE , QC Native Distribution: N.S. to Man., s. to GA, LA & OK Native Habitat: Low, moist woods; thickets; stream banks
Growing on a wooded drive near an old church and cemetery
Spotted on Aug 28, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014