New Gold-Red Lenten Rose

By Charlie Nardozzi, December 23, 2008

Photo courtsey of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Hellebores or lenten roses are one of the first perennials to flower in spring. These shade-lovers make an excellent groundcover under large deciduous trees and grow well in moist soil, too.

There are many varieties of hellebores available in many colors, and now there's a new one that features beautiful golden and red flowers. 'Golden Sunrise' features brilliant canary-yellow flowers with red veining and edging. 'Golden Sunrise' is a mixed strain so each plant has a variation of yellow and red flowers. While the 2- to 3-inch-diameter flowers are downward facing, the red coloration shows through the backs of the flowers, providing a colorful spark when viewed from above. Like all hellebores, 'Golden Sunrise' grows best in woodland areas, spreads readily, and can flower for up to 6 weeks. It's hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9.

For more information on this new hellebore, go to: Garden Crossings.

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