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Clematis vitalba


Also known as: Old man’s beard; Traveller’s joy; Virgin’s bower;
Ladies’ bower. Traveller’s ivy.

Plant folklore: On the one hand Traveller’s Joy was associated with the Devil and witches, because it was thought to choke other plants to death. On the other hand it was associated with the Virgin Mary and God, because of its white and mystical feathery fruits (hence old man’s beard).
Said to have adorned the Madonna’s bedchamber.

Factual info: All parts are poisonous, the juice is acrid and narcotic. If chewed, the tongue will erupt into sores that turn into ulcers.

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This is a pretty clematis lovely shape, thanks for the info, know if I come across it not to buy if it strangles other plants.

27 Nov, 2009


Thanks for the info its very pretty

27 Nov, 2009


Drc this one is on ebay for sale, if you like it.

27 Nov, 2009


This grows in patches around here. It looks nice climbing the trees at this time of year.

28 Nov, 2009

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