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Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Fern-leaved clematis

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers



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Plant details

One of Nigel Colborn's favourite clematis, this species flowers in the depths of winter when little else is around. Its pale cream flowers are freckled with reddish-brown, and hang among the ferny leaves which take on bronze tints during winter. They are followed later in the year by whiskery seed-heads which are very attractive in their own right. It was originally introduced to England from the Balearic Islands off the southern coast of Spain in 1783. Like all early-flowering clematis, it requires little pruning other than the removal of any dead or damaged growth after flowering. Its tender nature means that it is best grown against a sheltered 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

Flowering period: December to February

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