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Lenten rose, hellebore

Helleborus odorus 'Double Queen'

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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 CharacteristicsDouble-flowered, naturalizes well, and comes true from seed.

CareBest 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.

PropagationAllow 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.

  • Genus : Helleborus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Winter
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Uses : Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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