Common name: Lenten Rose Helleborus W.P. Dark Handsome

Height:18-24 Inches
Spread:18-24 Inches
Flower Color:  Near-black shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Sun or Shade?: Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:  Low water needs  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:Deer resistant Rabbit resistant
 
How fast should it grow?:  Slow
When should it bloom?: Early Spring  Mid-spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:  Average Soil  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?: Container/Patio  Woodland/Shade  Eclectic
 
 
Helleborus 'Dark and Handsome' bears 2.5-3", near black to black-purple flowers

Hellebores are the harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter. They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose.

This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where its extensive root system will spread as far as it is allowed.