|Latin name:||Helleborus orientalis 'Double Ellen Pink'|
|Delivery type:||Delivered as plant in nursery pot|
|Guarantee:||5 years guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||January - April|
|Growing Height:||25 - 50 cm|
|Planting distance:||30 - 40 cm|
Hellebores grow well in the garden but are also quite happy in a large planter. Improve poor garden soil with a mix of compost, granulated cow manure or leaf mould. Plant your Christmas rose at the correct depth - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below soil level. Fill the hole with soil, press firmly and water generously immediately after planting. Hellebores like full sun or partial shade in permeable, fertile soil.
All Hellebores are strong, hardy garden plants. Make sure the soil around the roots does not dry out and water extra in dry summery weather. A place in partial shade is better than being in full sun. As the plant begins to flower, cut the old leaves right back and the flowers will look even prettier. You will soon see signs of new leaves that will look beautiful through the summer. Cover with a mulch of fallen leaves in winter for protection.
Helleborus orientalis is one of the loveliest of winter flowering plants. Depending on the weather, the first flowers can appear as early as January. After flowering, the seed pods will remain decorative for a long time. Christmas Rose is a hardy, evergreen perennial.
Hellebores are very popular, there are lots of different cultivars available in a wide range of colours. They flourish in the cold winter months, which explains why these perennials are a must for the winter garden.
Another name for the Helleborus is Christmas Rose or Lenten rose. It is actually poisonous if eaten - so advisable to use gloves when pruning.
Hellebores belongs to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).