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Name This Flowering Vine? It's been named! Is it Silver Lace Or A Clematis?

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Name This Vine? It's been named!

Name This Vine? It's been named!

Name This Vine? It's been named!

Name This Vine? It's been named!

Name This Vine? It's been named!

We thought this flowering vine was silver lace vine. It has been an unknown vine to us. We have finally found out the name of it. Enjoy your visit to my hub. There are more vines I have in the yard and are listed on this hub.

I have a flowering vine I have had for years it belonged to my mother-in-law. She always called it a Silver Lace, but I have checked the internet on the Silver Lace and I found out that's not what it is. I can't figure it out. Maybe one of you can give me the answer. It blooms late in August. Smells great too.

It grows very tall very fast. When the stems fall to the ground it roots again. It gets mixed in with our other flowers so every year we have to clean out the rooted stems. It can stand 40 below zero weather. It's so pretty it looks good in flower bouquets.

The flowers look like little fairy stars. Like you see on the tip of a little wand. Maybe this doesn't explain it very well, but that's what it makes me think of.

My mother-in-law loved this vine. She had it growing over her front porch. Many times I would go over there and she would be on a ladder tucking the vines in and helping it grow in the direction she wanted it to go. I have never seen another one like it in this area.

Name This Vine? It's been named!

Name This Vine? It's been named!

The Leaf On The Vine

The leaf on this flowering vine grows in threes at the end of a very thin stem. They're very soft not waxy. The leaves can get large. The flower comes out by itself on another stem.

I have sent this vine off to people who have wanted pieces of it for their garden.

Name This Vine? It's been named!

Name This Vine? It's been named!

Suggestions made about this vine.

Lots of people have made suggestions such as sweet autumn clematis as seen in the video. I don't think that's what my vine is. It doesn't have strong stems or very thin leaves. I think though it may be in the clematis family.

Name Virgin's-bower (Clematis virginiana).

I just found out the name of this vine from Ron on a Botanical Garden forum. It's called Virgin's-bower (Clematis virginiana).

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Sweet Autumn Clematis

The Real Silver Lace (Polygonum aubertii)

Name This Vine? It's been named!

Name This Vine? It's been named!

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Hops Vine.

We also have a hops vine (Humulus Lupulus) in our yard. I love them, but you have to be careful where you put them. They have pretty little pine cone type flowers. They will take over and kill trees if they get into the trees. They are sticky to the touch and kind of hurt when you touch them.

We once had them growing over our deck and they stained the deck so now we put them where they will do no damage. They re-root very easy. I've given you all the bad things about this flowering vine, but it is a beautiful vine. Looks great in a garden.

Our vines grow up the side of our barn and had no trouble clinging to the roof with the wood shingles now with the metal roof this won't happen. We'll have to give them something to cling to.

More Flowering Vines

This is another clematis in our yard. I put vines all around the yard. Clematis are cheap and most of the garden centers have them in all colors.

I also have a honeysuckle vine growing up our bird house. Another pretty flowering vine. We actually had bluebirds nest in little garden bird house. Birds love vines a good place to hide. Our grapevine gets many birds they fly inside and eat the grapes growing there. The bees and the butterflies also love the sweet smelling vines.

I have morning glories growing up the bottle tree in the garden and have also planted a clematis beside the bottle tree. I'm hoping this coming year it will grow up the tree.

I also have a trumpet vine growing which is not doing well in this cold northern climate.

Vines In My Garden.





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moonlake (author) from America on July 26, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 26, 2013:

Your vines are beautiful. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

Voted up and beautiful.

moonlake (author) from America on May 03, 2013:

Barbara Kay, They're mostly all mine the lady that lived here before had a few in the yard but not many were left. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.

Barbara Badder from USA on May 03, 2013:

Very pretty. You are lucky to have moved somewhere that had so many flowers.

moonlake (author) from America on June 18, 2012:

Peggy W, The hops photo isn't mine I have one somewhere hinden in my computer. I will have to go out tomorrow and take a picture and put my own on here.

moonlake (author) from America on June 18, 2012:

lmntim9, I never really thought about it but it does kind of look like a poison ivy leave. Thank goodness it isn't because I'm in this vine all the time. This year we are a little worried about it. Before it liked the old barn with wood shingles something it could cling to. Now we have a metal roof on the barn.

Thanks, so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonlake (author) from America on June 18, 2012:

Peggy W, I don't know if it would grow down south. My mother grows the other types of Clematis I grow here, she lives in Arkansas. It is a beautiful plant, I have never saw it in the garden center here. Thanks, so much for stopping by.

tlmntim9 on June 18, 2012:

I have grown this same varity of Clematis several times here in Oklahoma, quite by accident. Most of the colorful Clematis starts one buys at the local green house are actually colorful exotic top species grafted onto hardier root stalks. What often happens in this part of the country is that the exotic top dies off in cold winters, leaving the hardy root stalk which will thrive in our climate, both heat and cold. As far as poision ivy is concerned, a plant we grow in abundance here, your photos tell the tale perfectly. Well... Not!

The old addage works for most plants but you have a ringer here that laughs in the face of old addages.

"Leaflets three...Let it be!

Leaflets five...Let it survive."


Tim W


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2012:

What a beautiful flowering vine you have there + the hops photo is also pretty. I have never seen that Clematis virginiana plant. Wonder if it growns down here in the South? If it can survive minus 40 degree weather, perhaps it likes it a bit cooler. Thanks for showing us your beauties. Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Sharing so that others can also find out about it.

moonlake (author) from America on November 03, 2011:


It does kind of look like poison ivy. We don't hear to much about poison ivy around here but I do know we have it. Our biggest problem is poison sumac. I always have problems remembering is the sumac with white or red flowers that's poison. It's the white, we have red all over the yard.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on November 03, 2011:

Howdy moonlake - Here I am, way late to the dinner table as usual - Clematis virginiana it is. One of its common names is "Devil's darning needle," a rather strange name at that. Once in a while folks call it "woodbine" but it is nothing like that plant at all. If the flowers were a lot smaller you might mistake this guy for poison ivy, but the flowers give it away. (Remember the saying, "Leaflets three, let it be..." Poison ivy's diverse leaves and its many different ways of growing will really fool you. I would really think hard before I sniffed at the flowers of a plant with three leaflets like the person in your video.

Gus :-)))

moonlake (author) from America on September 05, 2008:

good idea I'll have to try that. Thanks for posting

Jerilee Wei from United States on September 05, 2008:

If you take it to your nearest county agricultural extension agent's office they will identify it for you for free.

moonlake (author) from America on September 05, 2008:

Trish thanks for the website I checked it but I don't think that is it. I found another picture so I could get a better look at the flowers their not like my flowers.

I've added the silver lace picture to this hub. Thanks for trying and for posting.

moonlake (author) from America on September 05, 2008:

ajor thanks for stopping by. I have thought of jasmine before but the leaves are just not right.

trish1048 on September 05, 2008:

Hi moonlake

I sent you an email. I believe your mother in law was right, the site I found has the vine that looks very much like yours and is called Silver Lace. Please check it out.


ajcor from NSW. Australia on September 04, 2008:

The flower reminds of the chinese jasmine but the leaves of this plant and shiny whereas the leaves in your picture seem softer. Maybe it is part of the jasmine family.

moonlake (author) from America on September 04, 2008:

Thanks Pat Merewether but I don't think it is unless there's different types but all the ones I looked up on the internet didn't have the same leaf as mine. Check yours for me and let me know if the leaf is the same. Thanks so much for posting.

pat merewether on September 04, 2008:

I think it's a Sweet Autumn Clematis. They bloom late in the season. I'm glad you asked because I have one and will go see if it's blooming! It's small and on the edge of our property. They can get quite tall - up to 20 ft (I think)

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