Genus: Hellebore

Helleborus

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
Hellebore (Helleborus)
hel-LEB-or-us
Ranuculaceae
This genus of perennials with toothed, leathery leaves and distinctive blooms makes a happy addition to the spring garden. The often very long-lasting (6 to 8 weeks) flowers are produced in very early spring and run the gamut from white, green, pink, purple, cream, and sometimes spotted. Best grown in groups in a woodland or shady border.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Year round foliage persists through shade and snow and is fairly deer and rabbit resistant. Flowers in early spring with daffodils and tulips.
Care:  Tolerates a wide range of soils and exposures, from neutral to acid soil and sun to part shade. Check individual species.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in containers when ripe. Divide after flowering in spring. <em>H. foetidus</em> and <em>H. argutifolius</em> are best raised by seed since they do not take dividing.

Problems: 

Slugs, snails, aphids, black spot, and leaf spot.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Helleborus

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Hellebore
Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'
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Corsican hellebore
Helleborus argutifolius ‘Janet Starnes’
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Stinking hellebore
Helleborus foetidus
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Fragrant hellebore
Helleborus odorus
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Lenten rose, hellebore
Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen'
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Lenten rose
Helleborus orientalis
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'HGC Pink Frost' hellebore
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'
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Hellebore
Helleborus  × hybridus cvs.