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Helleborus x hybridus - 'Queen of the Night' (Lenten Rose, Hellebore)

Helleborus x hybridus - 'Queen of the Night' (Lenten Rose, Hellebore)

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Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Violet Flowers (Winter), Red Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Helleborus x hybridus - 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 x hybridus:

  • Scented blossom
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Produces winter flowers

Weaknesses of Helleborus x hybridus

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Helleborus x hybridus:

  • Winter/early spring flowering herbaceous plant for early colour and extended seasonal interest
  • Provides scented winter blossom

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