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

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
clematis 'Freckles'


'Freckles' is a variety of Clematis that is known for its striking appearance. Its most notable feature is its flowers. These blooms are cream-colored, and as the name 'Freckles' suggests, they're heavily speckled with maroon to purple spots. This speckling gives the flowers a unique and eye-catching look. The petals are bell-shaped, and they hang in an elegant nodding fashion when the plant is in flower. Due to the coloration and pattern of the petals, the flowers can stand out beautifully against the plant's foliage. The leaves of 'Freckles' are also quite attractive, divided into leaflets with a generally glossy green appearance and a leathery texture. These leaflets are arranged in a pinnate pattern, giving the foliage a feathery look that provides a lush background for the blooms. The arrangement of the leaflets on the stems can add to the plant's ornamental value as they create a contrast in color and shape that accentuates the flowers. The plant's overall presentation makes it a charming addition to garden settings where its flowers can dangle from trellises, pergolas, or climb up walls and fences, offering a display of color and form that can enliven a winter garden. This Clematis variety, with its distinct freckled flowers and lush foliage, can provide visual interest during the cooler months, which is particularly valuable when many other plants may not be at their peak.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Freckles Clematis, Winter Clematis, Purpurascens Freckles

    • Common names

      Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Clematis 'Freckles' contains irritant glycosides, which can cause skin irritations on contact. If ingested, the plant can cause severe mouth pain and gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases, ingestion may also lead to salivation and mouth ulcers. It is critical to seek medical attention if any parts of the plant are consumed.

    • To pets

      Clematis 'Freckles' is also toxic to pets, potentially causing similar symptoms as in humans. If animals ingest the plant, they might experience drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can also lead to a burning sensation in the mouth and possibly ulcers. If a pet consumes any part of Clematis 'Freckles', it is important to contact a veterinarian immediately.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      10 feet (3 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (1 meter)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Winter flowering: Clematis 'Freckles' blooms in late autumn to early spring, providing color during the dull winter months.
    • Aesthetic appeal: With its intriguing speckled flowers, it adds unique beauty to gardens or can be a focal point when trained on structures.
    • Attracts wildlife: The blossoms can attract pollinators like bees, helping to support local ecosystems.
    • Vertical interest: As a climber, it's ideal for vertical gardening, saving space and adding dimension to landscapes.
    • Shade provision: When grown on pergolas or trellises, it provides welcome shade during warmer seasons.
    • Screening: It's useful for creating natural privacy screens or hiding unsightly areas in a garden.
    • Versatility: Can be grown in containers or in-ground, making it suitable for various garden sizes and types.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' can be trained to grow on walls or fences to create a vertical green feature, especially for covering unsightly areas.
    • The blossoms of Clematis 'Freckles' can be used in floral arrangements for a rustic, wintery touch in homes or event decor.
    • The plant can be cultivated to provide visual interest during the winter months in gardens, as it flowers when few other plants do.
    • Clematis 'Freckles' can be used as a nursery plant for horticultural training, teaching students about pruning and care of evergreen climbers.
    • The vine can be grown in a container on a patio or balcony for those with limited gardening space.
    • Its quick growth habit can be employed in covering trellises or pergolas, providing shade and a splash of color during cooler seasons.
    • Clematis 'Freckles' can serve as a natural privacy screen when grown densely along a boundary or fence line.
    • When interwoven into a living wall installation, the plant contributes to the diversity of plant life and aesthetic appeal of the structure.
    • In garden design, it can be incorporated into a 'winter interest' themed area, pairing well with other plants that are also known for winter beauty.
    • The vine can be encouraged to scramble over rockeries or boulders, softening hard landscapes and integrating naturalistic elements into garden design.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Clematis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Clematis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Ingenuity and Cleverness: Clematis, known as the "queen of the climbers," often symbolizes cleverness due to its ability to ingeniously climb up other plants and structures to reach the light.
    • Mental Beauty: This plant is also associated with the idea of mental beauty, as it requires a thinking gardener to train and maintain its growth, symbolizing the beauty of an active and strategic mind.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The 'Freckles' variety, with its beautiful speckled pattern, may inspire thoughts of creativity and artistic expression, much like an artist leaving their mark on a canvas.
    • Resilience: Being a winter-flowering clematis, it stands as a symbol of resilience for its ability to bloom in the cold season, offering hope of life and beauty in otherwise bleak times.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late Winter
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Freckles Clematis prefers consistent moisture with well-drained soil, so you should water it when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This plant should be watered deeply, which equates to about 1 gallon for outdoor plants, ensuring the water penetrates to the roots without leaving the soil waterlogged. During the active growing season in spring and summer, this may mean watering once per week, but always check the soil moisture level first. During cooler months or when the plant is dormant, reduce the frequency of watering to every couple of weeks or less, depending on rainfall. It is important not to over-water as Freckles Clematis can be susceptible to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Freckles Clematis thrives in a location where it can receive full sun to partial shade. The ideal lighting condition would be a spot that gets morning sunlight and is shaded from the intense heat of the afternoon sun. Ensuring the plant receives about six hours of sunlight per day will encourage better blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Freckles Clematis is hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures, but it performs best in USDA zones 7 to 9. This plant can survive winter temperatures down to around 5°F as a minimum and will enjoy summer temperatures up to 80°F. The ideal temperature range for growing Freckles Clematis is between 50°F to 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Freckles Clematis benefits from light pruning to maintain its shape and encourage new growth. The best time for pruning is late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Prune any dead or weak stems, and trim the plant to encourage a strong, supportive structure. This variety of clematis flowers on the previous year’s growth, so it is important not to prune too severely, which could reduce blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Clematis 'Freckles' thrives in well-draining soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. A mixture of two parts loam, one part sand or perlite and one part compost or well-rotted manure creates an ideal environment. Ensure the mixture is fertile and has good moisture retention while still allowing excess water to drain away.

  • plantRepotting

    'Freckles' Clematis should be repotted every two to three years, or when it becomes root-bound. Gently untangle the roots during repotting and use the soil mix suited for their specific needs as explained previously.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    'Freckles' Clematis prefers a moderate humidity level, typical of outdoor garden environments. As it is mostly grown outdoors, specific indoor humidity levels are not a crucial factor for this variety.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright indirect light, cool temps, and good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, shelter from harsh winds, support for climbing.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Clematis 'Freckles', typically begins its life cycle as a seed which germinates in spring, provided the conditions of moist, well-drained soil and adequate warmth are met. Seedlings emerge and establish a root system while developing a vine structure that will support climbing or sprawling, depending on available support. Over the growing season, the plant will produce dark green, pinnate leaves that will act as the photosynthetic engine for growth and development. Flowering occurs in late autumn to early winter when the plant bears nodding, cream-colored blooms spotted with purple freckles. After flowering, if pollination occurs, the plant will produce fluffy, plume-like seed heads which disperse seeds for the next generation. As a perennial, Clematis 'Freckles' will die back in parts to the ground during its dormant stage in late winter but will re-sprout from its woody base come spring, continuing its life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late Winter

    • The most popular method for propagating the Clematis 'Freckles' is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This technique is best carried out in summer when the plant has finished its initial flush of spring growth. Cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long, with several sets of leaves. The lower leaves are removed, and the cutting is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. It should then be inserted into a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or a fine grit to ensure good drainage. The pot needs to be kept in a warm place out of direct sunlight and kept moist until roots have developed, which typically takes a few weeks. After rooting, the cuttings can be potted on or gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions before planting out.