A picture of a Eric Smith's Hellebore

Eric Smith's Hellebore

Helleborus x ericsmithii

Also known as

Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Eric Smith's Hellebore Overview

This clump forming, semi evergreen perennial is a hybrid between H. x sternii and H. niger. It's dark green toothed leaves have a metallic sheen and are marked with white veins. In late winter it produces large white flowers that are tinged pink.

Common problems with Eric Smith's 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 Eric Smith's 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 Eric Smith's Hellebore


Divide plants after flowering in spring.


Seeds can be sown as soon as they are harvested.

Special features of Eric Smith's Hellebore

Attractive flowers

Winter colour

Other uses of Eric Smith's Hellebore

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