• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Helleborus × hybridus Harvington pink speckled

hellebore Harvington pink speckled

  • Other common names hellebore Harvington pink speckled

  • Family Ranunculaceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details Harvington pink speckled is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial, up to 45cm high, with deep green leaves and outward-facing, saucer-shaped, pink flowers that are heavily-speckled with purplish red, from late winter to spring


  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Partial Shade

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect East-facing or North-facing or West-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam, Chalk

  • pHNeutral, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Will tolerate a wide range of conditions, but does best in fertile, moisture-retentive, humus-rich but well-drained soil which is preferably heavy, and neutral or alkaline, in a position with shelter from strong, cold winds and in dappled shade, mulched every autumn with leaf mould, chipped bark or other organic matter; for more advice, see hellebore cultivation

Propagation Propagate by division of large clumps in early spring, watering well until they are established

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Ground Cover Banks and Slopes Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Remove old leaves to help prevent hellebore leaf spot, and deadhead by removing old faded flower stems

Pests May be affected by slugs, snails, hellebore aphid, hellebore leaf miner, chafers, vine weevil and mice

Diseases May be affected by hellebore black death, hellebore leaf spot, downy mildews, grey moulds (botrytis), smuts, and virus diseases

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