Plant ID forum: Hellebore ID ?

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Name: Jen Dionne
Southern NH (Zone 5b)
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NHJenDion
May 6, 2018 7:14 AM CST
Hello Hellebore Guru's!

I received this plant in a coop buy several years ago. It was SUPPOSED to be "Red Racer". Of the 3 I purchased, I think one is Red Racer. I can't decide if this is just a pale "Orientalis" or a named variety I don't know....Any ideas?

Thanks so much!!

Jennifer
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 6, 2018 7:46 AM CST
I wonder if it might be a seedling of Red Racer rather than the actual cultivar? I have a real pretty speckled purple NOID hellebore that I have split often, but the few seedlings I have allowed to mature are just a plain-jane solid white.
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Silversurfer
May 6, 2018 2:50 PM CST
Many named Helleborus are now lumped together under Helleborus x hybridus.
Clearly not the deep red of Helleborus x hybridus Red Racer.

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Name: Jen Dionne
Southern NH (Zone 5b)
Heucheras Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Vegetable Grower Enjoys or suffers cold winters I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Keeper of Poultry Birds
NHJenDion
May 8, 2018 2:04 PM CST
Thank you both for your input. I suspect Bonehead (love that handle by the way!) may be right- it was supposed to be the named variety, but what do you bet that the nursery just sowed seed from that variety and passed it off as the parent. It was so small when it arrived that it took 4+ years to flower. I'm sure they figured the average gardener would not know what it was supposed to have been by that point.

I guess I'll go with white/green NoID.

Thanks again!

Jennifer
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