Lenten rose

Helleborus orientalis

Lenten rose - Helleborus orientalis

Common Name: Lenten rose
Genus: Helleborus
Species: orientalis

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

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

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Green, Cream, Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: February to April

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

  • 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 or greenish-cream flowers from February to April and leathery deep green leaves. The petals of these lovely Lenten roses become pinker with age. Attractive ground cover plants for areas of dappled shade under deciduous trees and shrubs they prefer a 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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