Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles'
clematis (group 1)
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The earliest of the winter-flowering clematis - each white bell is heavily spotted in seasonal cherry red - often out by Christmas and sometimes by November
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: December to February
- Flower colour: cream
- Other features: evergreen
- 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.
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Comments about Crocus Clematis cirrhosavar.purpurascens'Freckles':
An absolute great healthy plant. Bought two together (one for my daughter).Plants are a really good size with plenty of new growth,so a good buy!
Simple,straight forward ordering without any hassle. In other words,ordered one day and delivered the next!!!!Amazing timescale between us and Surrey.
Will be using Crocus in future for all my garden plants etc.
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Q:Last year I planted 'Freckles' on a wall, partly sunny, and trained it on a trellis sideways to get initial width. This worked well. Now it is growing upwards and spreading the base is turning brown and the leaves are falling off but the top now 1.5 metres and thriving. Can I encourage it to throw some new stems from the base or prune it hard and start again! JPAsked on 25/8/2016 by JOHN from Solihull
Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' is a Group1 pruning plant so they don't normally need much pruning. However they can get bare at the base so after flowering next year I would cut it right back nearly to the ground, then apply a mulch and feed. This is quite a drastic thing to do so I wouldn't do this every year. Hope this helpsAnswered on 26/8/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:What winter protection would these need? Would a layer of mulch be sufficient?
I would like to grow evergreen clematis on a SE facing fence, in a small London garden.
Thank you.Asked on 30/3/2016 by BR from london
It really depends on how sheltered your garden is. I lived in central London and had a sheltered south-facing wall and mine was quite happy with just a generous layer of mulch each autumn. In colder areas however, you may need to cover it with frost fleece.Answered on 1/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:I am eyeing this and the clematis montana rubens and I was wondering two things:
1. Would they be alright in a container that is deep and long but not very wide?
2. How toxic are they - I have read differing accounts and was wondering if the flowers and leaves are irritating on touch.
Many thanks!Asked on 28/7/2015 by Fiona from London
These are both relatively big climbers, so ideally they should be planted out into the ground. The Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' is slightly smaller, so this may be OK for a few years if the container is large enough and it is kept well fed and well watered, but the Clematis montana var. rubens is definitely going to want a larger root run.Answered on 29/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I was told that Clematis cirrosia Freckles would be suitable for a north facing wall with little sun. I see from your site that it needs full sun. Which is correct please. GillianAsked on 27/4/2015 by real name but never called it
These can cope with some light shade, however I would not recommend them for a spot that gets very little sun at all.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Advice on climbers please
Hi, I need to find climbing plants for the length of a 2m high wood panel fence with concrete posts. I haven't measured the entire length but I would estimate around 15m. It is South facing and on a side of the garden that gets a lot of sun in the summer, the soil is clay and tends to dry out. I have no idea how many plants I would need to cover the entire fence (I am notoriously bad at judging the spread of a plant and always end up with an overcrowding problem). I am looking for something to deter anyone from climbing over the fence, yet ideally something that won't be treacherous to deal with myself (if such a plant exists!). Climbing roses are the first to spring to mind and if I were to go down that route I would definitely opt for white or cream flowers. I have had a look at the white climbing roses on your site but am unsure whether they will be happy in our soil, as you specify 'moist, well-drained' humus rich soil. I would also like to get an evergreen climber for the rear fence (+/- 5m long). I am not concerned whether this flowers or not, and I am less concerned about this being a 'thief-deterrent'. The soil is the same,- lots of clay, which plants seem to like, but it is very hard to work with and dries out easily in the summer. Any advice gratefully accepted! Best regards, HeatherAsked on 12/3/2010 by Thuli
A:Hello Heather, Unfortunately there are no plants that will deter intruders without being difficult to deal with, and the best plants are those with thorns like the roses. It sounds like roses will certainly grow in your soil, but ideally you should dig in lots of composted organic matter and then make sure they are kept well watered in summer. It can be difficult to see a small plant and imagine how big it will grow to eventually, however we do give all this information on each plant card, which hopefully should help. You will find it just to the right of the pictures at the top of the pages. If you click on the following rose, you will see it has an eventual height and spread of 10 x 6 m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/rambling-roses/climbers/rosa-filipes-kiftsgate/classid.1280/ while this one will only grow to 3 x 2m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/climbing-roses/rosa-climbing-iceberg/classid.1181/ I would pick the one you like the look of and then you will be able to establish how many you need to fill your fence. As for the evergreens, if you click on the following link it will take you to our full range of evergreen or semi-evergreen climbers that will grow in clay soils, but the same rules apply re preparing the soil and watering. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.9/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Problem with my Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles'
Last July I purchase a Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles'. It is planted in a pot to cover an arch with a summer clematis on the otherside of the arch which is doing well, but unfortunately my Clematis 'Freckles' has not grown very far, and after the snow, is looking very, very ,sick. The garden is a small courtyard which can get windy. Is it the wind that has affected it, or are they not hardy enough for Wiltshire? VickiAsked on 13/2/2010 by Vicki Turner
A:Hello Vicki, The Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' is not fully hardy so does need protection during the worst of the winter weather. Therefore I suspect the unusually cold winter has not agreed with it and it may died off. The only thing you can do now is to cover it with frost fleece when the temperatures dip and keep your fingers crossed that it picks up in spring. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 15/2/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge
Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards TerryAsked on 31/12/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climbers to cover a Pergola
Hello We are building a 13ft square x 8ft high pergola and want to have Clematis, with flower for most of the year, but also with vigorous growth to cover the roof of the pergola. What Clematis would you recommend or do I need to include climbers like Jasmine and Virginia Creeper to provide summer and autumn colour? Please advise PaulAsked on 3/11/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Paul, I'm afraid no single Clematis will flower throughout the year, however you can get different types to flower at different times of the year. As a very general rule the group 1 Clematis are early flowering, the group 2's mid and the group 3's late, so this will help you narrow down your selection. The following link will take you to the few evergreen Clematis, some of which are quite vigorous - you can see the eventual height and spread of each to the right of the photos once you open up each page. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/plcid.15/plcid.16/vid.24/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Evergreen climbers for south facing pots
Hi, I have a south facing veranda which does get very hot in the summer. We are in the lee of a valley so pretty sheltered. I want to plant three evergreen climbers to go up the posts of the veranda and along the top of it. Please can you advise the best plants and also how big the pots should be and what compost they should go in. Thanks RosemaryAsked on 13/10/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Rosemary, There are several plants worth considering, but it will be crucial that the plants go into really large pots (the biggest you can find), and that they are kept well fed and watered. Here are some of my favourites Clematis cirrhosa var balearica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-cirrhosa-var.-balearica/classid.871/ C. Freckles http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-cirrhosa-var.-purpurascens-freckles/classid.872/ Lonicera henryi http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/honeysuckle/lonicera-henryi-/classid.1676/ Solanum crispum Glasnevin http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/other-climbers/solanum-crispum-glasnevin/classid.1720/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 14/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:My Clematis var. purpurascens 'Freckles' is flowering now!!
Hi, I bought a Clematis var. purpurascens 'Freckles' from Crocus in the spring this year. It has settled into it's position well but it is flowering now. It looks healthy and has a profusion of flowers not just the odd flower. Obviously, as pretty as it, this is the wrong time of year for it to be flowering.Do you know a reason this may be happening and what can I do to encourage it to correct itself? I look forward to hearing from you. JenniferAsked on 3/7/2009 by Jennifer Williams
A:Hello Jennifer, It is not too unusual for plants to flower out of season, and they will usually settle down in subsequent years without any intervention. It is usually brought on by unusually hot or cold weather, but it can also be caused by feeding or pruning at the wrong time of the year.Answered on 8/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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