This Lenten Rose is gorgeous both in leaf and in flower. It forms a low mound of large, leathery, evergreen, marbled green and silver leaves. Flowers are white and dipped with violet, appearing in early spring. Excellent in the garden and in containers.
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Type Normal or Sandy
Soil pH Neutral or Alkaline or Acid
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Deep Green Silver
Accent: Good Texture/Form
Alpine & Rock
Height 18-24 cm 7-9 inches
Hybrid hellebores get their common name, Lenten rose, from the rose-like flowers that appear in early spring around the Christian observance of Lent. The “blooms” (which are actually sepals that protect the true flowers) last for several months, from February until May, and the foliage is evergreen in all but the coldest regions.
Hellebore planting tips:
- Many gardeners like to plant hellebores on a hillside or in raised flower beds to better enjoy their downward-facing blooms.
- When transplanting hellebores directly from their nursery containers, be sure to shake off the potting mix and free up any bound roots.
- Be careful not to plant your hellebores too deeply as this can hinder flower production. Make sure the crown of the plant is just slightly buried beneath the soil.
- Hellebores contain toxins that are harmful to pets and humans, so keep them out of reach.
Hellebore care tips:
- The leathery foliage of hellebore flowers looks best when sheared in late winter just before new growth emerges.
- An annual application of manure or compost will help to boost the growth of your hellebores.
- Provide plenty of water during spring and fall when they are actively growing. You can ease up during the summer because heat causes hellebores to go dormant.