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Clematis cirrhosa Freckles

Genus: Clematis.

Species: Clematis cirrhosa.

Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral soil
Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
Flowering period: December to February
Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)

Scented, bell-like, cream winter flowers heavily speckled inside with reddish-brown 'freckles' and glossy, dark-green leaves. This evergreen clematis is ideal for training over a sunny pergola or arch. This is the best way to appreciate the distinctive freckle-like markings, which are less visible when the plant is grown against a wall.

Garden care: No routine pruning is necessary. If the spread of the plant needs to be restricted prune immediately after flowering, cutting back overlong shoots to healthy buds. Apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.

Photos of this plant

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