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Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' (C) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple and Pale Yellow in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Bronze and Green in Winter
Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pale Grey/Silver in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

clematis 'Freckles'

Family

Ranunculaceae


Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seed-heads in autumn

Cirrhosa Group clematis are evergreen woody climbers with bell to bowl-shaped single flowers, produced from late autumn to early spring on the previous year's growth

'Freckles' is a large evergreen climber with divided, lobed and toothed glossy dark green leaves tinged bronze in winter. Flowers 5cm in width, pale yellow heavily speckled with maroon within, during late autumn, winter or early spring. Good silky seed-heads

Synonym(s)

  • Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

A clematis for warm, sheltered position, it thrives in any fertile, well-drained soil. Plant with the crown 5-8cm (2–3in) deep to encourage shoots to grow from below ground level. Keep the base shaded and cool by the careful positioning of plants or a layer of pebbles or flat stones. In cold areas, grow in a container and overwinter in a greenhouse or conservatory

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pests

Young shoots may be troubled by aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs

Diseases

May suffer from clematis slime flux