Hellebore is so pretty and straightforward that it has a place in almost any landscape. Its exquisite cup- or saucer-shaped blooms in white (sometimes speckled), maroon, yellow, or pink remain on the plant for many months, even after the petals have dropped.

Hellebore Flowers

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Hellebore, Helleborus orientalis, belongs to the large Ranunculaceae family with about 20 species[1] and several subspecies. Hellebore, commonly known as the Lenten rose, is a perennial clustered plant that grows 1 to 1.5 feet tall in late winter.

Hellebore Flowers

It has large, cup-shaped flowers, generally angled (3 to 4″ in diameter) with central crowns of highly contrasting yellow stamens.

Lenten Rose

Flowers generally appear in clusters of 1 to 4 on thick stalks that rise above the foliage. The leaves are webbed, serrated, leathery, 8-16″ wide, glossy, basal, and dark green (7-9 leaflets).

Pale Pink Hellebore Flowers

It blooms in late winter (often when there is still snow) and continues through spring, with a long flowering period of 8 to 10 weeks. The roots, stems, and leaves are poisonous.

White Hellebore Flowers

Suggested Reading: Other Beautiful Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Pacific Horticulture | Not Your Mother’s Hellebores: A New Look at Species and Hybrid Hellebores”. Accessed November 13, 2021. Link.


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