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Helleborus x hybridus

Lenten rose

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Helleborus x hybridus

Plant details

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.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Helleborus

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

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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