Helleborus orientalis 'Smokey Blue'

Helleborus orientalis 'Smokey Blue'

Hellebore

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Helleborus orientalis 'Smokey Blue'
  • Common name: Hellebore
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

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

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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 orientalis 'Smokey Blue' is a hybrid hellebore, bearing nodding or outward-facing, saucer-shaped, flowers, in smoky purple, from February onwards. It's perfect for growing in large clumps, particularly beneath trees in shady borders.

For best results, grow Helleborus orientalis 'Smokey Blue' 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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • 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, Purgative if ingested

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