Definition of virgin's bower in US English:

virgin's bower


  • A North American clematis with white flowers.

    Clematis virginiana, family Ranunculaceae

    Also called old man's beard, because of the fluffy gray plumes that stick to the seeds in autumn
    • ‘This is a good example of why it is important to begin learning the scientific names of the plants in your garden, so that when plant virgin's bower, you get the plant you want!’
    • ‘The gorge is blessed with a very rich flora consisting of pine trees, Mediterranean cypresses, plane trees, junipers, lentisk trees, oleanders, tamarisks, thorny brooms, wild fig trees, oak trees, styrax trees, virgin's bowers, brambles, wild carob and olive trees, terebinths, fern trees and many others.’
    • ‘Many clematis are high in poisonous alkaloids, this may also be true of virgin's bower and sweet autumn clematis.’