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Similar but less problematic plants:
Helleborus niger Helleborus niger
Helleborus orientalis is often confused with:
Helleborus x hybridus Helleborus x hybridus
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Helleborus x hybridus Helleborus x hybridus
Helleborus foetidus Helleborus foetidus
Helleborus argutifolius Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus orientalis

Phonetic Spelling
hel-eh-BORE-us or-ee-en-TAH-liss
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Helleborus orientalis is easy to grow, requiring only a shady location and good, moist soil. They will do best where they receive winter sunlight but are  protected from the wind.  These beautiful harbingers of spring have interesting, nodding flowers and large, dark green leaves.

 

TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Royal Heritage
    wide range of colors - purple, pink, rose, light green with spotted or contrasting colors
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#poisonous#partial shade#perennial#light shade#purple flowers#pink flowers#spring flowers#winter interest#moist soil#cpp#well-drained soil#long-lasting flowers#deer resistant#shade#groundcover#naturalizes#clumping
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Royal Heritage
    wide range of colors - purple, pink, rose, light green with spotted or contrasting colors
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#poisonous#partial shade#perennial#light shade#purple flowers#pink flowers#spring flowers#winter interest#moist soil#cpp#well-drained soil#long-lasting flowers#deer resistant#shade#groundcover#naturalizes#clumping
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Helleborus
    Species:
    orientalis
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia Minor, Eurasia (Turkey, Caucasus)
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Beautiful harbingers of spring, with interesting, nodding solitary winter flowers, 2.5" wide and saucer shaped
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Denticulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leathery, shiny, dark-green leaves palmately divided with 7-9 leaflets, edged with shallow teeth
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Burning of mouth and throat, salivation, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nervous symptoms, depression; skin irritation after contact with cell sap
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Protoanemonin suspected
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems