Helleborous turning black - Knowledgebase Question

Four Corners, WA (Zone 7B)
Question by andereggen
April 15, 2005
Helleborous that has bloomed beautifully (second year) is turning black all over. Why?

Answer from NGA
April 15, 2005


What you're witnessing may look alarming, but it's a natural process for your Hellebore. All hellebores form tight clumps of many growing points with stems that rise from the ground, bearing many leaves all along their length; stems produce flowers at their tip the second year, then die to the ground as new stems emerge to replace them. Soon you'll see new growth emerging. At that time you can cut all the old a blackened foliage off your hellebore.

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