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Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'

Clematis

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour

White

Feature

Colourful new growth, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

A fairly recent introduction, 'Freckles' has become an instant success. The ferny foliage looks good all year round but in winter the brick red freckled, creamy bell-shaped flowers are a great novelty at a notoriously lean time of year for bloom. Given a mild winter, plants may start flowering before Christmas and continue for 2 to 3 months, but in most seasons they start in the New Year. Plants need a mild climate and a sheltered spot to put on a good show in cold areas they are best grown in a conservatory (this need not be heated). The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Species: cirrhosa

Cultivar: Freckles

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful new growth, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 900cm

Spread: 180cm

Flowering period: December to February


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