Stinking hellebore Helleborus foetidus - Hardy plant

Helleborus foetidus

Stinking hellebore Helleborus foetidus - Hardy plant

Helleborus foetidus
Stinking hellebore introduces a touch of colour!
Stinking hellebore? Yes, that's another name for the Helleborus foetidus. It's named after the smell released by the flowers if they're crushed. The greenish flowers bloom in winter, from December until spring. Great for some extra colour in the garden or in a flowerpot on the garden table. Put the plant in loose, fertile soil, perhaps with some lime. A shaded or semi-shaded spot is fine. The Helleborus foetidus will grow to approximately 50 cm tall and is slightly toxic.

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Stinking hellebore Helleborus foetidus - Hardy plant
Stinking hellebore Helleborus foetidus - Hardy plant
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From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Color: Green
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Edible: No
Flowering: November - March
Cutting flowers: No
Grafted: No
Green stayer: Yes
Growing Height: 40 - 50 cm
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Hardy plants: Yes
Latin name: Helleborus foetidus
Leafs all year: No
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Naturalizing: No
Planting distance: 30 - 40 cm
Scented: Not Scented
Self polinating: No

Stinking hellebore can be planted in the ground immediately after receipt. Improve garden soil with compost and mix in a little lime. Dig a sufficiently large plant hole and loosen the soil. Plant the Helleborus foetidus at the correct depth. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level (do not plant it too deeply). Fill the plant hole with soil, press down firmly and water immediately after planting. Choose a sheltered spot in half shade or even full shade for the stinking helebore.

Stinking hellebore will also look great in a pot

Helleborus foetidus is a beautiful winter bloomer, as the flowers can be admired early in spring, sometimes even in winter. Stinking helleborus can be successfully grown in a large pot. As long as the plant is not damaged, there is hardly any smell to the plant. It is recommended not to move the pot indoors - harmful if eaten/skin irritant.


Give extra water to Helleborus foetidus during dry summers. If the roots are dried out during summer, it is possible that the flower buds are unable to develop properly for next spring. Only cut unsightly or old leaves away from the stinking hellebore after it has flowered. In soil that is too moist, the leaves may suffer from black spots.


Stinking helleborus (Helleborus foetidus) has large, bowl-shaped flowers. They have a beautiful green colour and often have a red edge. Through cultivation, this red edge has been made a little deeper and wider, making them very attractive indeed. This helleborus flowers as early as January and is also suitable for an outside pot. When bruised, the flowers and leaves give off a smell that is not to everyone's taste. The plant does however have a very attractive look: it has beautiful slender leaves and, of course, flowers that may bloom very early in spring. For the bees that have only just woken up, this is a very important source of nectar. Helleborus foetida is a perennial plant that is part of the turban buttercup family (Ranuculaceae), originating from Southern and Central Europe.


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