Virgin’s Bower, Clematis virginiana, a three leaved vine that can be misidentified for poison ivy and like its look-a-like it’s dangerous to eat. It has been used medicinally for backache, stomach and kidney trouble and to treat venereal disease. Clematis has also been used for fire starting. The feathery haired seeds called Old Man’s Beard is great kindling and can be used in place of a birds nest. The wood has also been used as a fire board for friction fires.
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