Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Family: Ranunculaceae

Countries: Balearic Islands, Mediterranean, Spain

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica is a fabulous plant to have in your garden during January, February, and March, when this clematis produces these lovely cream-coloured, pendent flowers that are so beautifully freckled in maroon.  This is an evergreen clematis with handsome, ferny foliage that nicely compliments Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica flowers.  The flowers transform into sumptuously silky, fluffy seed heads as they fade.

This clematis can be used to grow up a house wall, along a fence, or over an arch way.  When deciding on where to plant Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica, avoid exposed situations and very windy sites.  Plant in moist but well-drained soil; steer clear of any areas where the soil is wet or waterlogged.  Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica must be planted in a situation that enjoys basking in the warmth of sunshine or partial shade; this isn’t a clematis for a dark or shaded area of the garden.

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica flowers are often described as scented.  I can only recollect encountering the faintest, perhaps citrus scent from the flowers on the plant I grew – I’d never recommend Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica if you’re primarily looking for a plant with fragrant flowers.  (If you’re searching for scented plants, here are a few suggestions.)

One potential drawback with Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica is that these plants are only borderline hardy.  However, having said this I can tell you that I’ve grown a range of Clematis cirrhosa clematis types outdoors in the South of England, where these clematis had no problems surviving the winter without any protection.  Plant in a sheltered situation in moist but well-drained soil; avoid soils that are wet or waterlogged.

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica grows up to around 2.5-3m (8-10ft), depending on the plant’s soil, situation and growing conditions.  In terms of pruning, this is a Group One clematis.  Generally, Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica don’t require any pruning.  Examine your plant immediately after flowering and remove any dead stems and lightly trim, if necessary.  For best results, get your clematis off to a good start before winter and plant Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica in springtime.

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