Stinking hellebore

Helleborus foetidus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Brown
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Stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)
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Genus:  Helleborus

The early, long-lasting, sometimes fragrant blooms of this hellebore are borne in clusters in late winter to early spring. The pendent flowers are a muted yellow-green, often with purple margins, and have large pale green bracts. Helleborus foetidus has dramatic, deeply-cut foliage that holds up through the winter. Leaves smell unpleasant when crushed.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Provides good contrast to almost any companion planting.

Care: 

Grow in rich, well-drained soil in part shade.

Propagation: 

Best raised from seed; not suitable for division.

Problems: 

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

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Deer Resistant,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
Greenery,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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