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HELLEBORUS x hybridus (ROYAL HERITAGE™ Strain)

Image of Helleborus x hybridus (Royal Heritage™)

Jesse Saylor

Family

Ranunculaceae

Botanical Name

HELLEBORUS x hybridus( ROYAL HERITAGE™ Strain)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Lenten Rose

General Description

A group of hybrids of the Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis, these semi-evergreen herbaceous perennials make outstanding additions to the perennial garden. From winter into spring they bear rounded, buttercup-shaped flowers above substantial clumps of shiny, leathery, hand-shaped compound leaves. The Royal Heritage™ series includes selections with pink, green, pale yellow, maroon, or purple flowers. Some have spots, contrasting margins, or other color patterns.

Hellebores prefer a rich, loamy, neutral to alkaline soil, and some protection from sun and drying winds. Unlike many plants that bloom at this time of year, deer don't bother them.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Pink, Burgundy

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor, Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes