Fragrant hellebore

Helleborus odorus

Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Fragrant hellebore (Helleborus odorus)
heh-LEB-or-us OH-dor-us
Genus:  Helleborus
Lime-green to near-yellow flowers 1 to 2 inches across, with five petal-like sepals, are borne in loose clusters of three or four on leafy stems up to 20 inches tall. Blooms emerge in late winter or early spring, fading to pale green and lasting until seeds are ripe. There is great variation in fragrance, flower color and size, as well as leaf form, across different plants.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Seedlings bloom in two to three years. Grows from thickened, slow-creeping rhizomes. Fragrance varies from deliciously sweet to slightly skunky, sometimes with no noticeable fragrance.
Care:  Easy to grow in humus-rich, evenly moist, neutral soil. Cut away old foliage in early spring to make way for the flowers.
Propagation:  Sow fresh seeds as soon as they ripen and cover lightly.
Problems:  Slugs, snails, aphids, leaf spot, and black rot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
Greenery,
Primrose Yellow
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Naturalizing
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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