Helleborus niger 'Potters Wheel'

Christmas rose

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Hardy perennial

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Bring buds of the Christmas rose indoors to enjoy their huge white flowers on the festive table. 'Potter's Wheel' is a fine variety that was introduced in the 1950s. Its blooms can measure up to 10cm (4in) across and have beautiful contrasting yellow stamens in the centre. It needs limey, humus-rich soil in dappled shade to thrive. Dig in plenty of organic matter, such as compost, before planting and mulch around the plant every year.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Helleborus

Species: niger

Cultivar: Potters Wheel

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

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