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Helleborus
in brief
 

Helleborus, which belongs to Ranunculaceae, is growing in limestone mountains in S. Europe. It blooms from Christmas to Easter, depending on species and weather.
The root is a vigorous rootstock. The leaves are evergreen, and by the most species/sorts, fresh dark green and shining.
Late autumn or early winter, when it's time for the new buds to emergence, the old leaves get brown spots and must be cut of.
Helleborus grows in a fertile, chalky soil in glade under trees.

There is a lot of different species of Helleborus, but the most exiting and most popular is the hybrids, where there is raised double and filled forms, anemone blooming, picotet forms etc. Also the spotted forms are exiting and beautiful.
Those hybrids are white, yellow, apricot, green, black and a lot of different red shades. Some with edge or veins in contrast colours - only the fantasy set limits.

Helleborus is, because of it's fine leaves a very good plant to use for covering the ground, and when you also get beautiful flowers too it's absolutely one of the better garden plants. And it's easy to grow.
Every year we hanpollinate some selected Helleborus, sow the seed, and then we wait in suspense for the result 2 or 3 years later.
It's a little of patience work, and sometimes the result is good, and sometimes not so good, but it's very exiting and we absolutely can recommend you to try.
The four shown in this page are some of our own propagations from seed.

 

Helleborus flora plena yellow red spots
Helleborus flora plena pink/white
Helleborus anemone form purpur
Helleborus flora plena white red spots