Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus argutifolius
Corsican Hellebore is drought and heat tolerant
This impressive hellebore is drought and heat tolerant. Corsican hellebore originates from the island of Corsica. An evergreen perennial plant, that provides clusters of large, pale-green, cup-shaped flowers with yellow stamens. The leathery leaves have a spiny-edge. A strong plant that grows fairly large. Ideal for a semi-shaded border, the highly decorative Corsican hellebore flowers from winter into spring. Helleborus argutifolius. has recently been renamed and is now officially called Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus.
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Latin name: Helleborus argutifolius
Delivery type: Delivered as plant in nursery pot
Guarantee: 5 years guarantee
Color: Green
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: January - April
Growing Height: 50 - 70 cm
Planting distance: 30 - 40 cm

Corsican hellebore can be planted in the ground, immediately upon receipt. Improve garden soil with compost and mix in a little lime. Prepare a large planting hole and loosen the soil well. Place the ball of soil of the Helleborus argutifolius at the correct depth. The top of the ball should be just below ground level (do not plant it too deeply). Fill the hole with soil, press down firmly and immediately water your Corsican hellebore after planting. Ideally, Corsican hellebore prefers a sheltered spot in full sun or partial shade.

The Corsican hellebore can also be admired in a patio pot

Helleborus argutifolius is a beautiful winter bloomer as the flowers can be admired very early in spring, sometimes even in winter. The Corsican hellebore is an ideal plant for a large patio pot.


Give Helleborus argutifolius extra water during dry summers. If the roots dry out too much during summer, it is possible that the flower buds are unable to develop properly for next spring. As it retains its foliage even after flowering, only cut away any unpleasant looking or old leaves. Tolerant of most soils, but if the soil is waterlogged the leaves could suffer from black spots.


The Corsican hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius) has large, cup-shaped flowers, in a beautiful green colour with yellow stamens. The plant is certainly very attractive, particularly with its fine sharply serrated leaves. An adaptable plant that flowers as early as January, and can also be grown in a pot on the patio.

For bees that are only just waking up, this plant is an important source of nectar.

Helleborus argutifolius is a perennial that is part of the buttercup family (Ranuculaceae), which originated in Corsica and Sardinia.
This variety has recently been renamed and is now officially called Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus.

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