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Helleborus orientalis

Lenten rose

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Features

  • BloomsFebruary to April
  • Height0.3m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourWhite-green, purple-red, pink
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose). This is a large evergreen species. It is a graceful and elegant addition to the woodland garden. It will prefer soil that is rich in organic matter and top-dressing with compost or rotted manure will be extremely beneficial. It will also self-sow and spread slowly, which makes it a perfect choice for a shady spot. These plants are slow to establish and do not like to be disturbed or divided, unless the plants are large and well-established. The blooms are produced in early spring and will continue on for 6-8 weeks. The flowers are rather drooping, and vary in shades from white to a deep pink. The 'Millet Strain' of this species is particularly beautiful with blooms of white or rose, streaked with dark red. The foliage is evergreen, large and attractive. Scarify seeds before sowing.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Hellebore

Origin

Europe and Asia

Interest and use

Shade, naturaliser, under shrubs, borders. Winter/Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Watch out it is poisonous and allergenic.

Propagation

Fresh seed or division in autumn or very early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for aphids.

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