Christmas rose

Helleborus niger 'Harvington double-flowered'

Christmas rose - Helleborus niger  'Harvington double-flowered'

Common Name: Christmas rose
Genus: Helleborus
Species: niger
Cultivar: 'Harvington double-flowered'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

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

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

  • Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation


Gorgeous double white bowl-shaped flowers from February to April and clumps of leathery dark green leaves. This pretty Christmas rose looks great planted in bold groups towards the front of a partially shady mixed border. Although it prefers a heavy neutral to alkaline soil, once established it will tolerate drier conditions.

  • 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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