Lenten rose, hellebore Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen' http://www.parkseed.comPhoto/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Yarrow, White 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 Related Plants to Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hellebore Helleborus × hybridus cvs. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bleeding heart Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Fringed bleeding heart Dicentra eximia ‘Alba’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Meadow clary Salvia pratensis View the discussion thread.