Helleborus x ericsmithii

Helleborus x ericsmithii

Hellebore

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Key Information

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

Height: 45cm

Spread: 40cm

Flower colours:
  • White
  • Green
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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Helleborus x ericsmithii

Helleborus x ericsmithii produces upright rosettes of attractively mottled mid-green foliage throughout the year. In its second year each stem produces a cluster of showy pale greenish-pink flowers. It's an attractive, delicate hellebore but is not always hardy in cooler regions.

Grow Helleborus x ericsmithii in well-drained soil in full sun, ideally with the added protection of a south or west-facing wall. Once the plants have shed their seed, remove the spent flower stem to encourage plants to produce new shoots from the base. Like all hellebores, Helleborus x ericsmithii 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
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, 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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