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HELLEBORUS x hybridus

Image of Helleborus x hybridus

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

HELLEBORUS x hybridus

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Lenten Rose

General Description

A group of hybrids of the Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis, these semi-evergreen perennials make outstanding additions to the perennial garden. From winter into spring they bear buttercup-shaped flowers above substantial clumps of shiny, leathery, jaggedly hand-shaped leaves. Many single and double-flowered cultivars are available including selections with pink, green, pale yellow, or purple flowers. Bicolored forms with picotee, spotted, and other color patterns are also available.

Hellebores prefer a rich, loamy, neutral to alkaline soil, and some protection from sun and drying winds. Unlike many plants that bloom at this time of year, deer don't bother them.

There are health concerns related to this plant. To learn more go to: http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/poison/agbook/hellebor.htm

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (18)

  • Width

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (18)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Green, Purple, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor, Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes