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Helleborus orientalis (Christmas Rose, Helleborus)

Type Herbaceous flower, Evergreen, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Winter), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Helleborus orientalis Description

Hellebore comes into its own during the grim winter months - provided much needed white through purple flower colour. Distinctive dark green cut foliage is also attractive throughout the year. 30cm tall X 50cm


Helleborus orientalis - Cultivation Notes

The diversity and impact of hellebores makes them a must have in the winter garden. They prefer a neutral / limey soil which is reasonably fertile, and will cope with clay soils but not water logging. Plant in full sun or shade, and allow to self seed - as plants are short lived. Ideal under shade planted in drifts or in front of a shady border. Mulch occasionally with well rotted manure to feed and cut back after flowering if looking leggy.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Helleborus orientalis:

  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for planting in full shade
  • Produces winter flowers

Weaknesses of Helleborus orientalis

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Helleborus orientalis:

  • Winter/early spring flowering herbaceous plant for early colour and extended seasonal interest
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Ideal for naturalistic woodland planting

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Common Missspellings: Helebore, Heleborus, Helleberus, Heliborus, Helaborus

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