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We’re cheating a bit this month as our plant of the month is actually a whole Genus or group of plants – the Hellebore.

Hellebores (sometimes known as the Christmas or Lenten rose) are perennial garden plants with elegant flowers, perfect for brightening up shady areas during late winter and early spring. Some species are grown for their striking evergreen architectural foliage.

The subtle flowers of many hellebores are often hidden by the large leaves, so ensure they can be seen clearly by removing the old leaves on stemless types in late winter or early spring as the flower buds emerge. This is particularly important for diseased foliage that can harbour hellebore leaf spot, an unsightly fungal disease. Exposing the flowers in this way will also help insects to pollinate the flowers and ensure good seed set for new plants that can be propagated from the resulting seed.

We have a wide selection of Hellebores available and in January look out for Hellerborus ‘Penny’s Pink’, a fantastic new variety, with big flowers that are 3 inches across with marbled leaves. 

Common name Christmas rose, Lenten rose.
Botanical name Helleborus sps.
Group Herbaceous perennial, often evergreen.
Flowering time Late winter to early spring
Planting time Early spring
Height & spread 30cm-1.2m (1-4ft) height, 45 – 90cm (18in-3ft) spread.
Aspect North- or east-facing
Hardiness Fully hardy
Difficulty Easy