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Aka: Winter/Lenten/ Christmas Rose
Botanical name: Helleborus.
Plant type: Herbaceous perennials
Ideal planting time: Winter
- Hellebores form clumps which spread to 30-40cm wide eventually.
- Burgundy & white shades (H.orientalis)
- Thoroughbreds are all 30-40cm tall. H.foetidus is 80cm tall.
Depth & spacing: Plant 30-40cm apart with the crown at the soil surface.
Aspect: Light to deep shade
Soil: Rich, well draining.
Watering: Keep moist whilst actively growing, especially if planted in a hot spot.
Fertilising: These plants appreciate a top dressing of leaf mould, compost or well rotted animal manure.
Flowering time: Winter
Pruning required: Cut back in Aut/Win.
Comments: These plants may take a year or two to settle in before flowering to their full potential. However, the wait is well worth it. Once established, these plants prefer to be left alone
Last Reviewed: 13/02/2004 11:30:35 AM
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