Hellebore

Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Smokey Blues'

Hellebore - Helleborus × hybridus  'Harvington Smokey Blues'

Common Name: Hellebore
Genus: Helleborus
Species: ◊ hybridus
Cultivar: 'Harvington Smokey Blues'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Black, Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: February to April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Nodding or outward-facing double deep purple-black flowers open in February and last for up to three months. The handsome evergreen foliage is leathery deeply cut and dark green. This is a new variety of lenten rose and the unusual purple-black flowers have a dark blue sheen and creamy-yellow centres. They look stunning contrasted with snowdrops. To appreciate their colour they are best planted in groups at the front of a partially shady mixed border ideally where they can be seen through windows in winter or as a ground cover plant for areas of dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs. In former times hellebores were planted close to cottage doors to prevent evil spirits from crossing the threshold.

  • Garden care:  Cut back the old leaves to the ground in January or February. This will show off the emerging flowers to best effect and it also helps to get rid of foliar diseases such as hellebore leaf spot. When planting add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring.

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