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Hellebore

Helleborus × hybridus

Also known as

Lenten Rose

2007-02-15Helleborus07 by Wildfeuer (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

20cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hellebore Overview

Helleborus × hybridus is a rhizomatous, clump-forming plant ideal for planting in scrub, woodland or grassy sites in the garden. Commonly known as Hellebore or Lenten Rose, they have beautiful blooms which are often used as cut flowers. It's flowers appear in late winter to early spring and are pink spotted with varying amounts in either dark pink or dark red.

Common problems with Hellebore

Hellebores can also suffer from black rot and from black death which appears as black streaking and mottling between leaf veins, or black marks in a ringspot pattern down the leaf stalks.

How to harvest Hellebore

Flowers can be picked for the vase: pick at fully ripe stage to extend the vase life, that is when the stamens have dropped off and the seed pods have started to form. They may be less attractive, but they will last longer.

How to propagate Hellebore

Division

Divide plants after flowering in spring.

Seed

Seeds can be sown as soon as they are harvested.

Rhizomes

Divide plants after flowering in spring, splitting the rhizomes into pieces to regrow.

Special features of Hellebore

Attractive flowers

Winter colour

Other uses of Hellebore

Perfect for underplanting of roses and shrubs in flower beds/borders in sheltered areas.