Ornamental Hops* Vine - Today's Flowers

*Hops - from the Anglo-Saxon "hoppen" meaning "to climb"

The hops plant has an impressive history and can be traced all the way back to Pliny the Elder (AD23-AD79), who makes reference to it in his Naturalis Historia.
Papery female flowers (bracts)
The stems have scratchy, little spines, and care must be taken in handling them as they can cause a skin irritation. Otherwise, it is a very nice cold hardy, perennial plant that has grown in my garden for many years.

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