With so many species and cultivars of clematis available what makes Clematis cirrhosa stand out.
Well for a start its an evergreen clematis, and secondly it flowers from mid to late winter through to summer. Suited best to Zones 7-9 and although it can handle frosts, extreme winter temperatures will be a little harsh.
Clematis cirrhosa is a pure white to cream flowers without the ‘freckles’. An evergreen climbing plant that will reach 5 -6 m depending on conditions. Clematis cirrhosa are sometimes called fern leafed clematis.
If you are looking for something a little different in a clematis consider growing Clematis cirrhosa v. ladakhiana from the Ladakh region in India. Fascinating flowers and the seed heads (pictured above right) are also interesting.
Clematis cirrhosa freckles prefers a position where it has a cool root run in humus rich soil in part shade to full sun with some shelter from hot winds and afternoon sun. Grows well on a trellis, fence or when allowed to climb through other shrubs.
- Needing little pruning other than to keep in shape.
- Try a little seaweed fertiliser early in spring as the soil warms up, or some worm compost tea at any time of the year.
- Mulch around the roots to maintain that cool root run that suits these plants so well.
Like most clematis Clematis cirrhosa can be pruned back heavily in spring if required.
- Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica ‘Freckles’ – Attractive largish fragrant cream bell shaped flowers (to 2 inches or 5cm) flecked with pink to reddish/brown spots or ‘freckles’ appear from late summer through to winter. Foliage is a handsome dark green fern like foliage.
- Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens – ‘Lansdowne Gem’ with its attractive purple flowers.
- Also ‘Wisely Cream’ and ‘Jingle Bells’