old man's beard


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Synonyms for old man's beard

dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots

vigorous deciduous climber of Europe to Afghanistan and Lebanon having panicles of fragrant green-white flowers in summer and autumn

common climber of eastern North America that sprawls over other plants and bears numerous panicles of small creamy white flowers

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If it looks like deer antlers, seaweed, fish net or an old man's beard, it's probably lichen.
By this time, the first blooms are now green seed pods, which ripen throughout the autumn and burst open to produce seeds attached to wispy, pearl-white fluff - better known as Old Man's Beard.
As far as their British pedigree is concerned, all started as wild plants, as dog and sweet briar roses, old man's beard or traveller's joy (Clematis vitalba, and woodbine Lonicera periclymenum or common honeysuckle).
The scented flowers of old man's beard are barely significant and the plant gets one of its nicknames because the fluffy seedheads are its most prominent feature.
KNOWN for its beautiful blooms as the Queen of Climbers, clematis also offers some of the most striking spider-like silver seed heads, which have a feathery appearance and earn the plant its alternative name of Old Man's Beard.
As far as their British pedigree is concerned, all started as wild plants, as dog and sweet briar roses, old man's beard or traveller's joy Clematis vitalba, and woodbine Lonicera periclymenum or common honeysuckle.
Old man's beard Clematis vitalba - Provides seeds and nesting sites for birds.
THE common name for Pulsatilla vulgaris is Pasque Flower, which is French for Easter - the time of year when the heavy and drooping cupshaped flowers, which are around 2in across and densely covered with white silky hairs that look like an old man's beard, emerge on 8in stems.
Clothe walls with climbers such as cotoneaster, firethorn, ivy, honeysuckle and old man's beard and you'll not only be giving birds a place to nest but be providing them with berries for the winter.