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Lenten rose

Helleborus orientalis

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Helleborus orientalis 'Guttatus'

This hairless or slightly hairy perennial has over-wintering, leathery, deep green basal leaves each divided into 7 or 9 leaflets. From January until May, masses of white or greenish-cream flowers, becoming pink with age, appear on branched stems.

CareGrows best in rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, but it tolerates most growing conditions.

PropagationDivide after flowering in early spring or late summer.

ProblemsSlugs, snails, aphids, leaf spot, and black rot.

  • Genus : Helleborus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring, Winter
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. user-7007351 01/11/2015

    I love Hellebores, they are one of my favorite shade perennials! Here in the south they are very popular and I pair them with Autumn Fern, Hosta, Astilbe, Ajuga and Hardy Begonia. They can grow in almost any type of soil, so they are a great choice. You can read more about them on my blog:

  2. user-7008403 03/09/2017

    I have had a lenten rose for several years and this spring, I finally had a bloom. I am so thrilled and it is such a beautiful pink color! I am even writing a blog post on http://www.thehypertufagardener.com How about some new articles about hypertufa?

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