Aug. 11, 2017

virgin's-bower, Clematis virginiana

Virgin's-bower is our most widespread native Clematis. This particular image followed a rain. If you don't get out early to take advantage of the dew, rain works great too. This native vine was used as medicine by the Cherokee and Iroquois. One use was an ingredient in green corn medicine. The green corn ceremony was their version of Thanksgiving and New Year's. It celebrated the beginning of harvest, marking the beginning of a new cycle. The green corn ceremony continues with some southeast woodland tribes. Virgin's-bower was also used as medicine, and to induce strange dreams. Despite a number of efforts to control it, it persists in my garden, and also grows in AL, AR, CT, 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, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/20/11.