Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Fern-leaved clematis

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers



Skill level


Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Plant details

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica flowers in the depths of winter when little else is around. Its pale cream flowers are freckled with reddish-brown spots, and hang among ferny leaves, which take on bronze tints during winter. Flowers are followed by whiskery seedheads.

Like all early-flowering clematis, Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica requires little pruning other than the removal of any dead or damaged growth after flowering. Its tender nature means it's best grown near the shelter of a sunnny wall. To fully appreciate the distinctive freckle-like markings of this plant, train it over a pergola or arch.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Species: cirrhosa

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to prune: Spring (Pruning Group Two)

Time to plant: September to November, February to April

Flowering period: December to February

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