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Virgin's-bower

Clematis Virginiana

Virgin's-bower was popular in pioneer medicine as a treatment for the itch, skin diseases, and venereal eruptions. Modern herbalists cite these uses but warn that the juice is a powerful irritant.

Virgin's-bower causes blistering of the skin and mucous membranes. If the plant is taken internally, symptoms include salivation, bloody vomiting and diarrhea, and, in extreme cases, convulsions.

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