Botanical name: Helleborus
Common name: hellebore
Hellebores are classic plants for winter interest, with elegant, nodding blooms in shades of green, white, pink or ruby. These perennials have a long flowering period, lasting well into spring. Mainly evergreen with handsome leaves, they thrive in shadier spots.
Hellebores grow best in fertile, evenly moist soil, although they should be fine in most soil types. While they prefer light shade, they’ll often cope in a sunnier spot as long as the soil doesn’t get too dry. The stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) is happy in deep shade.
Did you know?
Although often known as Christmas or Lenten roses, because they flower from late winter into spring, hellebores aren’t related to roses. Instead they belong to the buttercup family.
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