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They'll get bigger but they don't have invasive roots. Seed like mad though
They do seed and I have had a few come up but they are not invasive .
I have a forest of them but they're not hard to remove. Problem is I let them all grow on to see if there are any good ones in there. You do get some but there is a tendency to seed back to the dirty pinks.
I'd allow quite a bit of room between plants as the leaves flop/sprawl as the season continues.
They will self-seed. I leave some, but move a lot as they are usually too close to the parent. I have some pots of babies from my Ashwood plants doing nicely. The seedlings flower themselves after 4-5yrs, but yes, do tend to be the mucky pink/burgundy unless you are very lucky! J.
Well worth the space. I love them. I'm watching them building up for it now. Just need to get all those mankey leaves off first
I think that's a good idea Verdun. If only because most years I'd be walking on dry soil not the squelch I've got now. It's very exciting at this time. Always something out there. Bulbs appearing, so what if they slow up when the real winter comes. catkins on hazel, alder. garryea. The little cyclamen coum, arum italicum, flowering shrubs. absolutely wonderful.
The leaf removal only applies to H, orientalis and its hybrids, you should only remove dead or dying leaves from the other types, especially H. niger and the evergreen ones.
I've just bought a niger (third try). Never had one live long enough to remove the leaves. Any idea where I might be going wrong there?
I have the native ones, they seed themselves about and the leaves look nasty after a while. I treat them as biennials, or perhaps the three year equivalent, then dump them and keep the younger ones. Otherwise I only have the orientalis hybrids and they do very well indeed.
H foetidus is the native one and I do the same. H. argutifolius is another one where I pull out the older plants after they have seeded around.
Cannot hwelp with niger, it refuses to grow for us too. I did get seed from one a few years back and grew dozens of babies. I tried them all over the garden, none survived.
I'd forgotten argutifolius. That would be splendid if it didn't flop everywhere. Foetidus flops about as well but not quite so much. I shall try and get some going amongst the trees round the meadow. It seems the right place for them.
I know we've got some Hellebore Fans on this Forum so I thought I'd make you aware of this http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/hellebore-heaven/occurrence/250192 - I know notice is a bit short, but if anyone's in the area .... I'm going to try to get along (Aged Ps permitting ).
Hellebore heaven. Sounds good Dove.