A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 3 – Hellebores

SAM_0075

“Lenten Rose” – Spring 2013 – Hutchinson Avenue – Edgewood, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

There are around 20 species of Helleborus… They are herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae… Many species are poisonous… Despite common names such as “Christmas Rose” and “Lenten Rose”… Hellebores are not closely related to the rose family…

Hellebores are particularly valued by gardeners for their winter and early spring-flowering period… These plants are surprisingly frost resistant… Many are in fact evergreen… I have been playing with different varieties for the past six years… After all this time I have yet to experience a killing freeze…

SAM_0077

“Hybrid Hellebores” – Spring 2013 – Hutchinson Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Hellebores has a lethal reputation… “Black Hellebore” was at one time used to treat insanity… Black Hellebore is also highly toxic causing a multitude of symptoms that culminates in death… My best advice is to keep this plant away from children…

Propagation is really not necessary as this plant is a self-seeder… Hellebores often expands in a circle with the new plants growing to the outside… All one has to do is carefully dig out the new seedlings in late spring… The entire clump can also be dug up and divided…

I tend to watch my clumps of Hellebores throughout the winter as they will often start bud formation well in advance of actually blooming… Hellebores is a very low-maintenance plant that once established will flourish without human intervention… Even in the most inhospitable environments…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

This website and all of the information presented within is provided free by the author… Me… It is my sole opinion and is not representative of anyone other than myself… Although this website is free… I sell prints of my photography here – www.society6.com/chriscondello – or you can contact me directly with questions at – c.condello@hotmail.com – Although it isn’t a requirement… It helps…

Remember to tip… My Bitcoin digital wallet address is – 1JsKwa3vYgy4LZjNk4YmPEHFJNjPt2wDJj

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Advertisements

One thought on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 3 – Hellebores

  1. narf77 says:

    Hellebore’s are another perennial that I didn’t recognise when we arrived fresh out of horticultural studies on Serendipity Farm. I would have lumped them into the “pretty but delicate” box along with Rhododendrons and Azaleas until we moved here but I was completely wrong about them. They are incredibly hardy. We don’t get killing frosts, we rarely get frosts here as we live close to a river with a large expanse of water but hellebores are also amazing for arid growing conditions. I have been planting them out as foundation perennials, along with grasses, in order to give the soil protection from the heat of our sun (no ozone layer here in Tasmania so the sun has a particular bite to it that you feel no-where else on earth) and to keep moisture in the soil. Love this “one a day” series, cheers for sharing with us all 🙂

    Like

Comments are closed.