From the Greek helein, to kill, bora, meals; some species are toxic (Ranunculaceae). Hellebore. Hardy perennials, usually retaining their leaves by the winter, with thick fibrous roots. All flower early within the yr and the flowers are lengthy lasting. Most of them have good-looking, leathery, divided leaves, generally spiny. They’re natives of southern Europe and western Asia.
Species cultivated H. abchasicus, 1 foot, flowers purplish-green, January to March; vars. coccineus, wine crimson, venousus, rosy-purple with darkish veins. H. argutifolius (syn. H. corsicus), 2-3 toes, apple-green flowers in February and March which persist till mid-summer. H. foetidus, stinking hellebore, 2-3 toes, pale inexperienced flowers, the petals tipped purple, February and March, native plant. H. guttatus, toes, white flowers, closely noticed with crimson inside, January to April, the guardian of most noticed hybrids in cultivation. H. lividus, 3 toes, inexperienced flowers quickly turning brown; doubtfully hardy.
H. niger, 1.5 toes; Christmas rose, 1 foot, white, saucer-shaped flowers with a boss of golden-yellow anthers ; vars. Altifolius and macranthus, longer stems. ‘Potters Wheel’ is a effective cultivar. H. x nigricors, (H. niger x H. corsicus), 1 toes, pale inexperienced, February, hybrid. H. odorus, aromatic hellebore, 14 toes, greenish-yellow flowers with faint elderflower scent, March. H. orientalis, Lenten rose, 2 toes, variable flowers, purple, pink or nearly black and infrequently noticed with different shades, February to Could. ‘Albion Otto is a white, purple-spotted cultivar. H. torquatus, toes, flowers purple inside and blue-purple outdoors, February to March, relatively shy-flowering, leaves die down in summer season. H. viridis. inexperienced hellebore, 1-14 toes, pale inexperienced flowers, February.
Cultivation A well-drained, wealthy soil is finest and though a shaded place is often beneficial, this isn’t important, though partial shade is preferable to full solar. As soon as established, the crops prefer to be left undisturbed, though they shortly cool down if they’re moved in winter with loads of soil spherical their roots. In December, defend the flowers of the Christmas rose by a cloche or by mulching with peat to forestall the short-stemmed flowers from being splashed by soil. Plant in October or November, or March, 15 inches aside in teams, getting ready the positioning effectively and incorporating some manure.
Vegetation might be pressured in pots by lifting and potting up in October and sustaining a temperature of 40-50°F (4-10°C). Replant outdoor in April.
Propagate from seed or by division of roots after flowering.
Methods to develop Helleborus
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