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The Lenten rose is an evergreen, winter blooming perennial admired for its showy, persistent flowers. It originates from Greece, Turkey, and the Caucasus region where it inhabits open woodlands.
The large coarse leaves of this clump-forming hellebore are deeply divided, dark green and leathery. The flowers appear in midwinter or early spring, depending on the zone, and are large, five-petaled and saucer-shaped. There are many wonderful cultivars that may come in shades of pale green, white, rosy purple or pink. The sepals often persist and can become darker with age. The lovely foliage will add texture and interest to the garden all season—though the previous year’s leaves should be removed in spring.
This shade-loving plant will tolerate partial sun but full is often too harsh—especially where summers are hot. It prefers rich, neutral to slightly acidic soil with average drainage. The Lenten rose is more tolerant of heat than others and is easily transplanted. Plant it in masses under trees or in beds where you can enjoy its winter blooms. Hellebores make delightful long-lasting cut flowers too.
8 - 3
4 - 8
1b, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Green, Purple, Pink, Rose
Dark Green, Brown
Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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