Old Man’s Beard

Old Man's Beard
Old Man’s Beard

Given a patch of light in the wood, old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba) attempts to vigorously scramble up to the top of the nearest tree, like lianas in deepest jungle.

It is covered in creamy flowers in late summer which form feathery seedheads in autumn.  It is also known as Traveller’s Joy due to its prevalence in hedgerows.

Goldfinches and greenfinches like to eat the seeds.

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