Like so many marvellous things which magically arrrive around Christmas, this crisply beautiful Hellebore originated in Germany, where the best attributes of H. niger (Christmas rose)and H. orientalis (Lenten rose) were bred together to produce near perfection. Achingly pretty, single blooms appear in profusion at this time of year. Five-petalled, with a wonderful yellow centre, the open heads of the creamy white flowers are unusually forward facing and so create a gratifying spectacle. As the flowers fade, they take on a greenish tinge which beautifully complements spring bubs such as muscari or narcissus.
While the flowers are a particular joy during the winter months, the evergreen foliage provides year-round interest. Vigorous and hardy, H. Ice n Roses White throws up mounds of deeply cut, finely serrated leaves from which tall stems emerge robustly carrying the flowers.
Wonderful in woodland gardens, shady borders or naturalized areas, where it has greatest impact if planted in drifts, this Hellebore offers some resistance to deer and rabbits. Needing low maintenance and being drought tolerant (once established), it is also an excellent candidate for planting in a terracotta container in a sheltered position.
Pot size: 4.5L
Common Name: Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose
Height x Spread: 30cm x 30cm
Position: Partial shade
Aspect: Any, sheltered
Preferred Soil: Moist, well-drained soil
Flowering Period: December – April
Care: Leave foliage to protect the young buds, but as the hellebore flowers, remove the old foliage to reveal the, this not only looks stunning but often helps prevent disease.
Harmful if eaten; may also cause skin allergy.