Helleborus purpurascens


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

A plant that should be more widely grown, this purple-coloured hellebore flowers in early spring, usually before the new leaves emerge. The blooms can begin to open as early as mid-December. Found wild in eastern Europe, it grows in grassy alpine meadows. In the garden, it enjoys more sun than other hellebores, but will do well in dappled shade such as under shrubs or trees.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Helleborus

Species: purpurascens

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to March

Time to divide plants: October to March

Reader reviews


I love this plant - but would it grow in a pot? I've only ever really seen them in gardens and woodland.


i have many hellebore plants as they keep re seeding. do I cut them back after flowering down to the base ? I have also pricked out the seeds and grown them on .


Where can I purchase Hellebores Purpurascens ? I have a small garden, can anyone recommend other plants that work well with this plant ?

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