Mystery Flower #15

I spotted this peculiar hairy plant while out walking last week.

What on earth?

This was a tough plant to identify! I looked through my field guides multiple times. I ran numerous Internet image searches. Nothing looked exactly like this plant. I was beginning to get frustrated, but I refused to fail, and I did finally solve the mystery. The trick, for me, was to realize that it isn’t a shrub, that those hairy things are not flowers, and that this plant looks quite different when it’s in bloom.

Do you know what this Mystery Flower is? My best guess is in the comments.

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5 Responses to Mystery Flower #15

  1. chick says:

    I think this is virgin’s bower (a.k.a. wild clematis, devil’s darning needles). https://virginiawildflowers.org/2015/08/01/virgins-bower/
    But, according to another website, it could be sweet autumn clematis. https://www.ct-botanical-society.org/Plants/view/131

  2. sprite says:

    My guess was just generally clematis.

  3. chick says:

    Good call. You were several steps ahead of me. I had never seen anything like it before.

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