These spectacular little plants become more popular every year, and no wonder. They thrive in shade, are perfectly hardy, and have lovely flowers in endless colors and color combinations. The 2-3 flowers begin blooming in late winter or very early spring.
Hellebores demand good humusy soil and partial or full shade, much like many of our woodland wildflowers. Lots of gardeners use them in pots on shady patios. The plants usually stay around a foot in height, and the stunning flowers often last for months, so be sure to site them where you'll enjoy the bloom.
These are evergreen plants in warmer climates, so if you live in a heavy winter area, you may want to pot your Lenten Roses and bring them into a protected place during the coldest months.
You may have also heard of the Christmas Rose. Its another species of Hellebore, and blooms during the winter.
More Info: There is a nursery in West Virginia named Sunshine Farm and Garden, operated by the Lenten Rose guru, a guy named Barry Glick. They are the true experts, and a visit to their fascinating website will tell you all you need to know: Sunshine Farm & Garden
Lenten Rose or Hellebore
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Late winter to mid spring
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Average, Well Draining
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers
Spring / Summer
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