Helleborus- Hellebore

Perennial plant which at one time was occasionally brought into flower early to be sold as an indoor plant at

Christmas time.

Situation:

Out of doors this hardy plant flowers from late winter or early spring onwards. Provide a sheltered situation in partial shade.

Soil:

Rich, moist soil is essential.

Propagation:

By division or from seed.

Helleborus hybrids: Hybrids up to 50 cm tall; flowering from late winter onwards in colours varying from pink with green to deep purple, sometimes almost black. Helleborus niger, Christmas rose: Height 20-30 cm; flowering season mid to late winter, often later. White flowers, turning purplish pink or greenish at a later stage. Helleborus purpurascens syn Helleborus atrorubens: Height 40 cm; fairly small reddish-purple flowers with a silvery sheen in mid to late spring.

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