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Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose)

Helleborus orientalis Helleborus orientalis 'Guttatus' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Thompson & Morgan Seedsmen, Inc.


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Helleborus orientalis hel-LEB-or-us or-ee-en-TAL-iss Common Name: Lenten rose Genus: Helleborus
This hairless or slightly hairy perennial has over-wintering, leathery, deep green basal leaves each divided into 7 or 9 leaflets. From January until May, masses of white or greenish-cream flowers, becoming pink with age, appear on branched stems.
Care: Grows best in rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil, but it tolerates most growing conditions.
Propagation: Divide after flowering in early spring or late summer.
Problems: Slugs, snails, aphids, leaf spot, and black rot.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Spring; Spring; Winter
Flower Color Pink Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Naturalizing
Style Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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