Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles'

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Buy Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' clematis (group 1): Unusual creamy flowers

  • 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.

  • Humans: Skin irritant; Pets: Harmful if eaten

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Notes on Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles'

"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"

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Lovely quality plants


For my border to provide some early cheer

Manda Bee



Strongly recommended


I wanted something attractive to replace an ivy-infested fence. Within a single year, it has grown strongly snd even flowered abundantly. Very pleased with it




lovley flower ,given to me by a friend


my friend got me it as a present and cant think of a better gift






WE bought this to climb our new pergola and to give us some colour and fragrance in the winter. Freckles flowered soon after we bought it (Summer)and the flowers are small but beautifully formed. We are now waiting for a colourful display very soon.(December)


east sussex



Received in very good condition.. It has taken extremely well and is now romping away on my new garden fencing. A lovely hardy evergreen clematis


North yorks


good for cover an old tree stump


good growth now it has settled in the woodland area and is starting to cover an onle stump








Very good


I would recommend this product


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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Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens Freckles

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At what time of the year can I plant Freckles please? I am also looking to plant a Sarcococca in front of it and Daphne to the side. My neighbour has just put up a new fence and the area has to be dug and prepared to take these plants.


Hello there As a general rule fully hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. So a Sarcococca will be fine being planted out in the winter months as long as the ground isn't frozen or waterlogged, or freezing outside,- so not at the moment while we are having this really cold snap. This clematis and some daphnes are not fully hardy so I wouldn't plant these out until the spring after the worst of the frosts, unless you can protect them from the cold weather.

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! JP


Hello there 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 helps

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.


Hello, 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.


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!


Hello, 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.


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. Gillian

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Hello, These can cope with some light shade, however I would not recommend them for a spot that gets very little sun at all.


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, Heather


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 while this one will only grow to 3 x 2m 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. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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? Vicki

Vicki Turner

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 Doctor

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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 Terry

Terry Allum

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. Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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 Paul

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. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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 Rosemary

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 C. Freckles Lonicera henryi Solanum crispum Glasnevin I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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