Hellebore

Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington speckled white'

Hellebore - Helleborus × hybridus  'Harvington speckled white'

Common Name: Hellebore
Genus: Helleborus
Species: × hybridus
Cultivar: 'Harvington speckled white'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Form: Perennial

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Soil: Heavy neutral to alkaline soil

  •  Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: February to April
  • Flower colour: white with red speckles
  • Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation


Pretty pendent or outward-facing saucer-shaped white with red speckles flowers from February to April and leathery deep green leaves. This is an attractive variety which is perfect as a ground cover for areas of dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs. Like all hellebores they prefer a heavy neutral to alkaline soil.

Cut back the old leaves down to the ground in January or February. This will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect and it also helps to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot.

  • Garden care: 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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