Hellborus orientalis

Hellborus orientalis

This far north only Helleborus niger (Christmas Rose) and H. orientalis (Lenten Rose) are reliably hardy. They start blooming in early to mid April and the flowers last for a long time. There are an increasing number of hybrids that expand the color choices remarkably. These are great shade plants and while they prefer moist conditions, mine have proven very drought hardy. While propagation from seed is supposed to be hard, I’ve found many seedlings around my mother plant. The longer the plants stay in place the showier the flower display. This past winter was hard on the foliage. Usually some survives through the winter, but this year it all died back. That’s okay. The flowers showed off better. This is one plant I recommend for all shade gardens.

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