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The Christmas rose has large, round, white flat-faced flowers and leathery, deep green foliage. However it cannot always be guaranteed to flower at Christmas - many plants do not flower until the same time as other hellebores, later in the spring. The best way to be sure of getting an early flowering strain is to visit a garden centre at Christmas and pick a plant actually in flower then. Christmas rose can also be grown in pots of John Innes potting compost and kept under cover in a cold frame, sunroom or frost-free greenhouse to encourage earlier flowering. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to November
Flowering period: December to February
It may be called a Christmas rose but this plant has never flowered for me in December. I have clay soil and it thrives well.I have also moved with no problem. It is now the end of December and the flower buds are ready to burst open anytime soon. Apart from removing old leaves and seed heads, very little maintenance.
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