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Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'

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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Species: x ballardiae
Cultivar: HGC Pink Frost
Additional cultivar information: (PP21063; aka Helleborus Gold Collection, COSEH 710)
Hybridized by Heuger

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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
Light Shade

Danger:
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:
Evergreen
Blue-Green

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:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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Profile:

4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive coriaceous On May 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is very beautiful, with outward facing flowers that open pink/white and then darken and develop green and maroon tones. They look especially good when backlit and the petals are transilluminated by the sun. As with most hellebores, the flowers last for months while gradually greening up.

The evergreen leaves have maroon tints, and the stems and petioles are maroon. We cut them off in late winter/early spring shortly after flowering begins and before the new leaves emerge.

We buy and plant in the garden heavily potbound 1-gal plants that have been produced for the florists' trade. They sometimes perform well in their second season, but more often, I assume because they're so heavily rootbound, it takes them a couple of seasons to regain their strength.

Plants have often come to us with botrytis, which sometimes continues to be a problem in the garden---but I suspect this is the grower's fault.

Positive Gurugal On Apr 2, 2013, Gurugal from Falls Church, VA wrote:

I have grown many varieties of helleborus for years, and this is the best one I've ever seen. It blooms in great bunches of flowers. The heads really do face out and up. The color is lucious pink at the top of it's bloom period and then as it ages the blooms turn all shades of rose, pink, and burgundy. It loves moist soil. It HATES dry soil and will let you know by wilting to the ground.

Positive sladeofsky On Mar 12, 2013, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

"Pink Frost" is a selected cultivar of Helleborus x ballardiae, a cross between H. Niger, the Christams rose, and the less common H. lividus from the island of Mallorca.

Positive dhdunlap On Jan 4, 2012, dhdunlap from West Plains, MO wrote:

Extremely vigorous and can bloom 2 or even 3 times per year, including midsummer.

Regional...

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

Abbotsford, British Columbia
Winterville, Georgia
Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
West Plains, Missouri
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Falls Church, Virginia



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