Hellebore

Helleborus niger 'Harvington Hybrids'

Hellebore - Helleborus niger  'Harvington Hybrids'

Common Name: Hellebore
Genus: Helleborus
Species: niger
Cultivar: 'Harvington Hybrids'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Form: Perennial

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 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 sometimes with a pink edge
  • Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation


Pretty pendent saucer-shaped flowers are held above leathery deep green leaves from late winter to early spring. Lenten roses make an attractive ground cover in dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs. Plant them in heavy neutral to alkaline soil.

  • 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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