Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus argutifolius

Hellebore

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Helleborus argutifolius
  • Common name: Hellebore
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 75cm

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • Green
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Helleborus argutifolius has flowers the colour of 'Granny Smith' apples, set against spiny, evergreen foliage. The flowers appear in winter, and remain on the plants for a long time. It's perfect for growing in a shady border close to the house, where you can appreciate its late-winter beauty. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in dappled shade. Like all hellebores, Helleborus argutifolius dislikes being moved once established, so should not be divided. Given the right conditions, it will self-seed quite sufficiently to provide replacements.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Irritates skin, Harmful if ingested

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