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Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Ivory Prince
Additional cultivar information: (PP16199, aka Walhelivor)
Hybridized by Tristram; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

Synonym:Helleborus x nigersmithii

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hillsidegardens On Apr 26, 2012, hillsidegardens from Nottingham, MD wrote:

Bought this plant in spring of 2011. Sat quietly in semishade most of the summer. But began to grow in cooler, wetter days of fall, got multiple buds in December and opened to beautiful striated pink blooms in January. Blooms sit upright above plant so you can appreciate how lovely they are. Continued to gradually change colors (antiqued) and are still open, plus has rebloomed in the middle of April(at least four new blossoms), although colors are not as striking as the January blooms. Love the wine red stems and the bluish- gray, slightly veined leaves. Has spread to 12 inches in one season. Was looking forward to seeds, so I am glad I was advised to divide it instead. Bought one other one to add two days ago.
I just love this hellebore and am taking out some of my older orientalis -to be shared with friends- to make room for my new favorite.

Positive atcps On Feb 24, 2012, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

I bought several pots of these 'Ivory Prince' hellebores about four years ago and I can say they are simply stunning and the easiest hellebores to grow in my garden. They have not seeded and I think you may have to divide them to get more. Which is too bad because I wish they would spread faster! The white flowers are a never fail in my garden in nearly full shade conditions in Zone 7A in the February/March time frame. The leaves are much stouter and more attractive than the normal orientalis species. Easy care and drought tolerant. They stay short overall but the flowers are slightly above the foliage and very easy to see. Stunning hellebore!

Positive ryguy319 On Apr 25, 2010, ryguy319 from Owosso, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I too live in Michigan and just bought this plant and the tag on it says partial to full shade so mine is going in my shaded area. And from experience I would say shaded would be the best since I have a Hellebore Orientalis and have it in my shaded area and it thrives.
Love these plants they are the most forgiving plants to grow they just are very easy and hardy to come back and better than ever every year.

Positive buddyjack2 On Jan 11, 2010, buddyjack2 from Royal Oak, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I agree, a great little plant! Blooms lasted from March thru mid-September and the leathery leaves stay upright and attractive even in the Michigan winter snow. Front-facing flowers don't droop like other helleborus I've seen. Hope to put in more this spring.

Positive Waywardowl On Mar 31, 2009, Waywardowl from Flagstaff, AZ wrote:

What a great little plant. I live in Zone 4, at 7000' ft elevation, extreamly dry conditions, with persistant deer and elk populations. This plant has surrvived all of these challenges, and come back more beautiful each year. I think that it is the most under-appreciated perennial on the market!

Neutral htop On Mar 17, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not had this plant long enough to rate it except for the beauty of its changing bloom colors and blue-green foliage on wine-red stems. Bred by David Tristram of England, this is a cross of a cross of a cross. Its a cross between Helleborus niger and another hellebore that is a cross between H. niger and H. x sternii. H. x sternii is a cross between H. lividus and H. argutifolius. It is disease resistant as well as rabbit and deer resistant. The flowers are unusual because they face up and outward from the plant and are flat so the complete blooms are easily seen. Propagate by dividing in late spring to early summer.

WARNING: Hellebores are poisonous.

Positive Hudson3 On Nov 22, 2008, Hudson3 from Hudson, NY wrote:

All around beautiful. Flowers slowly change from green to ivory to pink, foliage is an amazing blue-green with reddish stems. Bought one last year overwintered fine, put in two more this year. I have it in partial sun, zone 5.

Note - this is a sterile hybrid, so if you want self-seeded colonies of hellebores Ivory Prince is not a good choice. But they do form vigorous clumps, I have yet to divide.

Neutral ifonly On Jul 10, 2006, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Just a start.

Bought 5 Ivory Prince at White Flower Farm's sale a few weeks ago. They are in the - what - 2" pot sold by mail order and were just $2 each. Shopping gene took over.

Love the small bluish leaves. Wonder how long before they bloom. Patience required. That, and actually planting them.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Sorrento, British Columbia
Los Angeles, California
Westport, Connecticut
Pensacola, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Fallston, Maryland
Nottingham, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Owosso, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Ringwood, New Jersey
Croton On Hudson, New York
Hudson, New York
Durham, North Carolina
Coshocton, Ohio
Forest Grove, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Woodlawn, Tennessee
Mc Kinney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Brinnon, Washington
Pullman, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Seattle, Washington
South Hill, Washington
Walla Walla, Washington

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