Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’

9 Dec

Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' flower (13/11/2011, London)

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ flower (13/11/2011, London)

Position: Sun to Partial Shade

Flowering Period: Winter to early spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 3m

Eventual Spread: 3m

Hardiness: 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Ranunculaceae

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ is a winter flowering evergreen climber. The leaves of the plant are finely cut, glossy and coloured dark to mid green, tinged to bronze in winter. This plant climbs by wrapping its leaf stalk around any suitable purchase. Its flowers are bell shaped, creamy in colour, with brick red freckled insides. The flowers are 5cm  in width and are scented. These are followed by attractive fluffy seed heads. 

The species Clematis cirrhosa, commonly known as Winter Clematis or Evergreen Clematis, is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ is synonymous with Clematis cirrhosa var purpurascens ‘Freckles’.

The etymological root of the binomial name Clematis is derived from the Greek klema ‘vine shoot’, alluding to the climbing habit of the species. Cirrhosa is derived from the Greek kirros meaning ‘orange/ tawny’ referring to the flower colour of the species.

Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' (13/11/2011, London)

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ (13/11/2011, London)

The landscape architect may find Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ useful as an evergreen winter flowering climber. It is suitable for planting against a wall, pergola or trellis. This plants prefers a sheltered position. The roots of this pant, as with all Clematis, should be planted in the shade.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given Clematis cirrhosa var purpurascens ‘Freckles’ their it prestigious award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ prefers most, well drained fertile soils. It can tolerate most pH of soil. It will not tolerate wet soils.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ requires little to no maintenance. If necessary this plant may be pruned after flowering to encourage new growth for the next seasons flowers. 

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