Lenten rose, hellebore

Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Park Seed
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Lenten rose, hellebore (Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen')
hel-LEB-or-us OH-dor-us
Genus:  Helleborus
Hellebores begin blooming in mid-winter in a range of colors, adding much needed color very early in the season. They bloom when the temperature is below freezing, even amidst the snow. Protect from cold winter winds, especially when not insulated by snow, to avoid damaged foliage. Avoid ingestion of all plant parts and contact with the sap.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Double-flowered, naturalizes well, and comes true from seed.
Care:  Best grown in humus-rich, neutral to alkaline, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers light to moderate shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Cut back flowering stems after bloom to promote new foliage growth. Locate plants in areas protected from cold winter winds.
Propagation: 

Allow it to naturalize, divide after flowering, or sow seeds in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe.

Problems: 

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

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Shade,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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