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Helleborus x hybridus

Common Name(s):
Lenten rose
Cultivar(s):
'Royal Heritage', 'Silver Lace', 'Ivory Prince', 'Orientalis Red'
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

A plant that flowers in winter has a head start in making it onto any plants lover's list. This perennial is one that can grow in Carolina gardens from the mountains and piedmont to the coastal areas. making it a plant for all regions, over a wide range of climates. Despite its common name, Lenten Rose is not a garden rose at all.

Lenten rose thrives in shade to partial shade. It prefers above average to rich, well-drained soil with plenty of added compost. Mature plants form clumps 2 feet tall and 30 inches wide.  Flowers quickly push up from the ground at the first sign of warmer weather in late winter. Flower colors come in shades of rose, magenta, white, pale yellow, or green. Blooms last up to two months. In 2005 the Lenten Rose was selected as the Perennial Plant of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.

Season:
Late winter-early spring
Height:
2 feet
Flower Color:
Rose, magenta, white, pale yellow, green
Exposure:
Shade to partial shade
Soil:
Above average to rich, well drained soil
Regions:
Mountains to coast
Tags:
showstopper, show stopper

NCCES plant id: 3100

Helleborus x hybridus Helleborus x hybridus
Photo by Barbara Goodman