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Hellebore, Lenten Rose
Eventual height and spread 45 cm - 45 cm
Add an organic-rich fertilizer into the soil when planting, then continue to fertilize in spring and early autumn
Don't let hellebores sit in wet soil
Dappled Shade, Full Shade, Partial Shade
Prune to show off flowers and help prevent Hellebore leaf spot
Slugs, Snails, Hellebore aphid, Hellebore leaf miner, Chafers, Vine weevil and Mice
Hellebore black death, Hellebore leaf spot, Downy mildews, Grey moulds(botrytis), Smuts, and Virus diseases
Moist but well-drained
Hellebores are a favourite in cottage gardens, they produce large groups of saucer-shaped flowers in late winter/early spring – you should cut back the foliage at this time to show them off! Flowering at this time of year is what gives them their common name, Lenten Rose.
Their large, evergreen leaves last throughout the year. These plants are ideal to grow in large clumps, especially beneath trees and in shady borders. Helleborus orientalis have outward-facing, saucer-shaped, flowers, that come in white, green, pink, primrose, mauve, and smoky purple which you’ll see from February onwards. To get the best from your Helleborus orientalis, plant them in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade, give them a good dose of fertiliser when you plant them, and don’t let them site in wet soil for very long. H. orientalis can have issues with pests like snails, slugs, chafers, hellebore aphid, hellebore leaf miner, vine weevil, and mice.
These plants can cause discomfort if ingested and the sap may irritate the skin.