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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.
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
Skill level: Experienced
Flowering period: December to February
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