A winter-flowering staple in the cottage garden, hellebores produce large clusters of saucer-shaped flowers with white, pink, green, mauve or smoky purple flowers. The large leathery, evergreen leaves persist throughout the year but should be cut back in the spring when flowers and new foliage emerge. Plants hybridise and self-seed freely.
Helleborus x hybridus bears nodding or outward-facing, saucer-shaped, flowers from February onwards. It's perfect for growing in large clumps, particularly beneath trees in shady borders.
For best results, grow Helleborus x hybridus in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Propagate by fresh seed, or divide plants in autumn or early spring. All parts of the plant may cause serious discomfort if ingested and the sap may irritate the skin.
Species: x hybridus
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: September to November
Time to divide plants: September to November, March to April
Time to plant: March to September
Flowering period: February to May
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