General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12-24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Purple
White
Bi-Color: colors may have blotches
Other: Green
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of the plant can be highly toxic if ingested and can cause eye and skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Cold stratification may not be necessary but is usually recommended
Other info: Hellebore seed may take 6-18 months (or more) to germinate
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Common names
  • Lenten Rose
  • Hellebore

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Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Date: 2023-05-15
'Double red'
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Date: 2023-05-15
Single pink with green center
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Date: 2023-05-15
'Double red'
Location: Bochum, Germany
Date: 2021-04-01
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Date: February
Close-up
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Date: 2023-05-15
Location: Blaine TN
Date: 2012-02-13
Early spring
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: January 28, 2022
Lenten Rose #20 nn; LHB page 405, 70-16-2, "Classical name Helleb
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: January 25, 2022
Lenten Rose #20 nn; LHB page 405, 70-16-2, "Classical name Helleb
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: January 25, 2022
Lenten Rose #20 nn; LHB page 405, 70-16-2, "Classical name Helleb
Location: Bochum, Germany
Date: 2021-03-31
Location: My garden, Skåne, Sweden
Date: April 2016
Location: My garden, Skåne, Sweden
Date: April 2016
First bloom on this seedling

Date: 2020-04-20
Location: My garden, Skåne, Sweden
Date: April 2016
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-02-24
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Boyd House garden)
Date: January 28, 2022
Lenten Rose #20 nn; LHB page 405, 70-16-2, "Classical name Helleb
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Date: 5 March 2021
6b/6a Zone(-28Cmax) Europe Poland Warsaw. Helleborus Orientalis.
Location: Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date: Apr 1, 2010 
Easter Hellebore
Location: My Garden
Date: 2012-11-19
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-02-15
Still going strong after 20 years!!
Location: Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date: Apr 1, 2010 8:36 AM
Semi-double Hellebore orientalis
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Date: 2023-05-15
'Dark'
Location: Rozanowka, Poland
Date: 2023-01-07
Location: Madrid, Spain | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-08
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Date: February
New growth emerging after frosts
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Date: 5 March 2021
6b/6a Zone(-28Cmax) Europe Poland Warsaw
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-02-16
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-02-16
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2009-04-29

Date: 2009-03-21
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-05-19
Location: Enclosed Side Garden
Date: 2015-04-12
Survivors of an extra-hard winter

Date: 2009-03-17
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2008-03-31

Date: 2012-01-30
Location: Our yard, Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2017-04-08
Location: z5a, Smith College Botanical Garden
Date: 2012-04-22
Location: z5a, Smith College Botanical Garden
Date: 2012-04-22
Location: Little garden of Big Dreams, Dayton KY
Date: 4/2/17
Just planted today

Credit florum
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2012-07-25

Date: 2012-03-19
Pure White flowers.
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2010-04-11
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Plant Events from our members
dorothythomas98 From January 19, 2014 to March 31, 2014 Bloomed
MrsBinWY On April 1, 2022 Bloomed
Several bloomed in the spring of 2022. Oddly, another one bloomed in July or so.
MrsBinWY On May 25, 2020 Transplanted
the "pink, green" seedlings: 3 near 'Bull's Eye' tulips by 'Eleanor Roosevelt' iris on 5-25-2020; 3 by Tava's Geum where peach tree was on 5-30-2020; 1 in scallop bed on north side of garage near Zinnia grandiflora on 6-11-20; 1 in front of melon hoop, west side of door on 6-14-20; 3 near original Weigela on 6-15-20; 3 near original painted daisies on 6-15-20; 7 in the bedroom rain garden near Plhox paniculata & Rudbeckia maxima on 6-15-20
MrsBinWY On July 23, 2019 Potted up
37 pots of the pink-green seedlings, a couple with two plantlets in them
MrsBinWY On July 16, 2019 Potted up
On 7-19-2019, potted up 2 seedlings (might have been the 'Red Racer' seedlings - they all perished, though).
MrsBinWY On April 6, 2019 Seeds germinated
3 of the 23 showing
MrsBinWY On April 6, 2019 Seeds germinated
1 of the 'Red Racer' seedlings emerging (there was a radical showing 12-1-18)
MrsBinWY On April 6, 2019 Seeds germinated
dozens of the "pink, green" seedlings up!
MrsBinWY On July 15, 2018 Seeds sown
93 fresh seeds (pink, green) from NHJenDion's 2018 garden. Put in milk jug on back patio to mimic the seasons (warm stratification, followed by cold stratification).
MrsBinWY On July 14, 2018 Seeds sown
100 fresh seeds, descendants of 'Red Racer,' from NHJenDion's 2018 garden. Put in milk jug on back patio to mimic the seasons (warm stratification, followed by cold stratification).
MrsBinWY On June 21, 2018 Seeds sown
23 fresh seeds from NHJenDion's 2018 garden. Put in milk jug on back patio to mimic the seasons (warm stratification, followed by cold stratification).
MrsBinWY On February 3, 2017 Seeds sown
soak until swelling seen (+ H2O2), 27 seeds from LaLambchop1 ('Mixed Hybrids' from Chiltern Seeds for 2017); 3 months warm, 2 months cold: fridged 5-5-17, unfridged 7-8-17, jugged and put in cool basement 7-9-17
KelliW On February 6, 2019 Seeds sown
#33, winter sown, seeds from bellaluna
WebTucker On January 25, 2022 Bloomed
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