Answer: Most hellebore bloom during mild spells in late winter and very early spring. If they're growing in a protected niche that warms during the winter they will open even earlier. They are as much a curiosity as they are attractive. The plants are poisonous and should not be eaten. They are very easy to grow when they have the right conditions. They require shade to partial shade, and a soil that is woodsy and humusy and holds moisture but drains well. Hellebore may take a year or two to become established, but after that they should be very long lived. They may also self sow and spread to create new little colonies.
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