Common name: Lenten Rose
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.