A tall scrambling clematis with small fragrant flowers and tufts of grey hairs around the seeds. Native to Eurasia and North Africa, it grows chiefly on calcareous soils. Also called old man's beard.
- Clematis vitalba, family Ranunculaceae.
- Here with a quick movement of her scissors she snipped the spray of traveller's joy and it fell to the ground.
- In olden times wayfaring people used to pluck traveler's joy from the hedges and use it as tea, and as a ‘pick-up’ when infused in their bottles of ale, also as a headache cure: a head-cloth was soaked in the cold tea and bound over the brow; headaches were inevitable with long hours on the dusty roads in the age of foot or horse-back travel.
- The type of people who can be helped by Clematis vitalba (also called traveler's joy) are those who tend to live in a dream world and take little interest in day-to-day events.
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