Hellebore

Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night'

Hellebore - Helleborus × hybridus  'Harvington Shades of the Night'

Common Name: Hellebore
Genus: Helleborus
Species: × hybridus
Cultivar: 'Harvington Shades of the Night'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

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

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

A stunning variety with large saucer-shaped flowers from dark purple to almost blue-black 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 is best planted in groups at the front of a partially shady mixed border or near the house among narcissi or snowdrops that will set off the dark tones of the flowers. 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 down 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. Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3 in) 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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