London (change)
Today 9°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 14°C / 12°C

Helleborus foetidus

Stinking hellebore

Reader rating

From 1 ratings

+ Add a review

Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Green

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Helleborus foetidus

Plant details

A compact, evergreen perennial, this species has more finely divided, elegant foliage than most hellebores. In spring the almost ferny clumps are joined by clusters of nodding, lime-green flowers held on thick stems just above the tops of the foliage. The flowers last for several months, and associate well with other spring flowers that enjoy dappled shade such as coloured primroses, violets, dwarf narcissi, grape hyacinth and spring flowering hardy cyclamen the foliage makes a good foil for lily of the valley later, and in autumn looks superb with Iris foetidissima. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Raununculaceae

Genus: Helleborus

Species: foetidus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 80cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: October to March


Reader reviews

heather McCann

It has earned its name. Stinking indeed!Looks can be deceiving!


Add your own review

Please register or login to add a review