Hellebore

Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington double red'

Hellebore - Helleborus × hybridus  'Harvington double red'

Common Name: Hellebore
Genus: Helleborus
Species: × hybridus
Cultivar: 'Harvington double red'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour, Long flowering period

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

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: February to April

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

An unusual variety of hellebore with gorgeous nodding or outward-facing  saucer-shaped red double flowers with curved petals from late winter to early spring. The handsome evergreen foliage is leathery, deeply cut and dark green. This lenten rose is grown from seed so colour variations may occur. It looks best planted in groups at the front of a partially shady mixed border or under shrubs among spring-flowering bulbs. In former times hellebores were planted close to cottage doors to prevent evil sprits from crossing the threshold.

  • Garden care: 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. 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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