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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
stinking hellebore Wester Flisk Group
Helleborus foetidus 'Red Stem' Helleborus foetidus 'Wester Flisk'
Helleborus can be rhizomatous, herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials forming a clump of pedate basal leaves, or evergreen with erect, leafy stems. Large, bowl-shaped flowers are borne in loose clusters in late winter or spring
Wester Flisk Group are evergreen perennials to 80cm with erect stems and palmately-divided leaves with narrow, dark green leaflets. All stems are flushed with dark red, which suffuses into the leaf bases. Nodding, usually purple-edged, pale green flowers, to 2cm in width, are borne in large open clusters from midwinter to mid-spring
Toxicity Ingestion may cause severe discomfort
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or West-facing or South-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Loam, Clay
Time to ultimate height
Thrives in neutral to alkaline soils that are moist, fertile and humus-rich. Partial shade is ideal but can tolerate full sun. Provide shelter from strong, cold winds. Mulch annually in autumn
Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Remove faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear
Pests May be affected by hellebore aphid, hellebore leaf miner and snails
May be affected by hellebore black death, hellebore leaf spot and a virus
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