A picture of a Hellebore 'St Lilli'

Hellebore 'St Lilli'

Helleborus × hybridus 'St Lilli'

Also known as

Christmas Rose 'St Lilli', Lenten Rose 'St Lilli'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Hellebore 'St Lilli' Overview

Helleborus × hybridus 'St Lilli' is a clump-forming plant ideal for planting in scrub, woodland or grassy sites in the garden. Commonly known as hellebore, and Christmas Rose, it has leathery dark green leaves and in late winter and early spring, it produces saucer-shaped rose and white flowers whose petals are slightly ruffled Hellebore 'St Lilli' prefer soils to be moisture-retentive and will benefit from a mulch with manure or compost in spring as well as applying a small amount of complete plant food. This low maintenance plant requires only the removal of dead flower stems and leaves. Provide shelter from cold drying winds. Helleborus 'St Lilli' is protected under intellectual property laws by Plant Breeders' Rights. These provide the breeder of new plants exclusive control over the plant material for a set amount of time.

Common problems with Hellebore 'St Lilli'

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 'St Lilli'

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 'St Lilli'


Divide plants after flowering in spring.


Seeds can be sown as soon as they are harvested.


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

Special features of Hellebore 'St Lilli'

Winter colour

Attractive flowers

The flower head has a gentle nodding habit which when lifted up reveals their stunning shape and colour.

Other uses of Hellebore 'St Lilli'

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