Dan Hinkley, formerly of Heronswood Nursery fame, has been breeding hellebores, also called Christmas roses, for years. His selections have expanded the color and form of hellebore flowers available to home gardeners. One of his most stunning hybrids is 'Kingston Cardinal'.
Helleborus x hybridus 'Kingston Cardinal' has fully double, raspberry-mauve flowers that face downwards on 2-foot-tall plants. The flowers feature deep plum-colored centers with streaks of lime green. 'Kingston Cardinal' is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8 and grows best in part shade, such as under large deciduous trees.
For more information on this beautiful hellebore, go to: Heronswood Nursery.
Article published on February 12, 2007.