The Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, bears large, round, white flat-faced flowers above low-growing mounds of leathery, deep green foliage. It's perfect for growing at the front of a partially shaded border and makes an excellent cut flower – simply float the blooms in a bowl of water to display them.
For best results grow Helleborus niger in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted compost or manure, and cut back the old leaves as flowers and new foliage appear.
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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