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Fern-Leaved Clematis

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Clematis cirrhosa Blüte by Dericks-Tan (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Fern-Leaved Clematis Overview

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica is an evergreen climber, commonly grown for its semi-fragrant creamy flowers that are spotted inside with purple. These measure around 6cm in width, appear in late winter and early spring and are succeeded by fluffy seedheads. Foliage is very fine, coloured dark green and the leaves display attractive colouration, changing to bronze-purple shades in winter. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for pollinating insect wildlife.

Common problems with Fern-Leaved Clematis

Generally disease free, may suffer damage from insects such as aphids, capsid bugs, caterpillars, slugs and snails which target young growth.

How to harvest Fern-Leaved Clematis

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Fern-Leaved Clematis


Take softwood cuttings in spring or semi ripe cuttings in early summer.


Layer in late winter or early spring.

Special features of Fern-Leaved Clematis

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Winter colour

Attractive bronze-purple foliage colouration in winter.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Other uses of Fern-Leaved Clematis

Grow up a wall side trellis in a sheltered position to provide cover. This plant suits inclusion in urban courtyard gardens or cottage style gardens.

Looking Good In November - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in November, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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