Clematis cirrhosa Balearica

Balearica climbers

Clematis cirrhosa 'Balearica' is winter-flowering evergreen clematis originating - as the name suggests - from the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.

It features characteristic small, bell-shaped flowers which are creamy white in colour and have a light lemon scent. The insides of the flowers have brown, maroon or orange freckles, set off by yellow anthers.

The green summer foliage turns to bronze or purple in the winter.


Clematis cirrhosa 'Balearica' was introduced from Minorca in 1783.

How to grow

No pruning is required.

Balearica characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive foliage Scented flowers Winter colour
  • Gardening skill: Beginner
  • Flowering duration: Long
  • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Growth habit: Climbing
  • Spread after 10 years: Less than 1m / 3ft
  • Pruning: No need to prune


  • Cold hardiness (RHS): H4 (to -10C)
  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (8) 10F / -12C


  • Country of origin: Spain
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flowering month: January February December
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Annual cycle: Evergreen
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit