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Helleborus orientalis

Lenten rose

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Helleborus orientalis

Plant details

Large clusters of saucer-shaped flowers with white, pink, green, primrose, mauve or smoky purple flowers, plain or attractively patterned with spots. The large leathery-looking, evergreen foliage may die down in a cold winter, but fresh new growth appears just ahead of the flowers, in time to give them a leafy background. Plants hybridise freely and self seed gently; the resulting mongrels are worth growing particularly if the parents were from selected strains with outstanding flowers - you can get some good free plants in this way.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Helleborus

Species: orientalis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

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

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Flowering period: February to April

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