HELLEBORUS niger or Christmas Rose

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HELLEBORUS niger or Christmas Rose

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HELLEBORUS

niger

Christmas Rose

A clump-forming, winter blooming perennial which rarely grows more than 9 inches tall.

Known universally as Christmas Rose but if truth be told Lenten Rose would be much nearer the mark because in the garden it is usually late January or February before the blooms appear.

In Germany it is called Schneerose (The Snow Rose) and this is perhaps far more appropriate.

The dark green semi-evergreen leaves have an unpleasant odour when crushed, are deeply lobed and have a somewhat waxy or leathery look

Large, round, pure white flat-faced, flowers with yellow stamens appear singly on short thick stems in very early spring and mature to salmon pink as the mature 8-10 weeks later.

One of the earliest (some say the earliest) flowers to bloom Helleborus niger loves a fertile, slightly shaded site with plenty of humus and is ideal for planting at the front of a shaded border or beneath shrubs and trees.

Can also be grown successfully in tubs and containers using a John Innes based compost and if kept under cover in a frost free greenhouse or cold frame may be encouraged to flower early.

Hellebores were at one time planted close to doorways to prevent evil spirits from entering the building.

 An extremely rugged plant once established, they may become rather ragged and tattered in extreme weather but if carefully trimmed back will recover very quickly.

 When planting add plenty of well rotted farmyard manure or compost to the site and in autumn give the plants a generous mulch of similar material then top dress with a general fertilizer in spring.

 All parts of the plant are poisonous and will cause severe discomfort if eaten, the sap can also cause skin irritation.

In gardens all over the world The Christmas Rose is by far the showiest, certainly the best known and probably the most commonly grown hellebore.

Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Plants supplied ex. 9cm pot

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