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PlantFiles: Hellebore, Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Species: x hybridus (hy-BRID-us) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid 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

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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5 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lejardin24 On Apr 14, 2014, lejardin24 from Hermitage, PA wrote:

Delightful harbinger of Spring! Be sure to wear gloves when trimming back the old foliage after the winter as the plant has toxins that can be absorbed through the skin. We live in Western Pennsylvania where the soil is quite acidic. My first plants struggled for years and I could not figure out why, so I tried scratching lime into the soil around the plant in early Spring and then again in fall. Since then, my plants have thrived putting on abundant displays of flowers and foliage every year.

Positive ugamom On Sep 23, 2013, ugamom from Marietta, GA wrote:

The Cornell fact sheet on hellebores states:

"Serious poisoning following ingestion is rare."

Here is the link:

NC State reflects same:

Unless you make a real effort to ingest this plant, you're safe. I have had these plants in my garden for thirty years with dogs and kids present.

Negative PaulaTx1 On Mar 25, 2013, PaulaTx1 from Baytown, TX wrote:

Hellebores are toxic! All parts of the plant are toxic to some extent. This plant is said to have been used as the first chemical warfare; it is said ancient Greeks used hellebore plants to poison the city water supply of their enemies and this caused all in the town to die. This plant was also used to make poison to put on the tips of arrows to make the arrows more deadly. This plant also had medicinal "properties"...such as a cure for insanity. There are several species (subspecies?) of hellebores, and while some species are more toxic than others, all hellebores appear to be toxic to some extent. PLEASE be careful with this plant around pets and small children. Do not let pets or children chew on these plants.

Positive Ordelia On Jul 31, 2006, Ordelia from Banner Elk, NC (Zone 6a) wrote:

GROW THIS PLANT! It has lovely flowers at the time of year we need them most that last up to 6 weeks-- tons of colours and cultivars! The foliage is quite attractive and en masse, this plant is like a Pachysandra with personality!
Downside-- Germination of seed takes up to 3 years. Buy nursery grown stock or cuttings. It can be expensive to get a grown cover effect :(

Positive flowerE1 On Apr 17, 2005, flowerE1 from Suffolk, VA wrote:

Blooms begin late Winter to early Spring and last a very, very long time. The plants are evergreen, but older leaves begin to look ragged--I cut them back when the new growth appears.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Many named cultivars are available with varying colors and mottling. This plant brings encouragement that spring is coming to gardeners weary of winter.

Neutral Dynamo On Mar 5, 2002, Dynamo wrote:

Also known as the Christmas rose

Neutral Baa On Feb 10, 2002, Baa wrote:

A clump forming, variable perennial, parents are H. orientalis and other species of Helleborus.

Has leathery, toothed, dark green, pedate leaves. Bears long lasting, saucer shaped, 5 petalled, green, white, pink, cream, purple or yellow flowers sometimes mottled with another colour up to 3 inches across.

Flowers February-April

Likes neutral, humus rich, well drained, clayish soil in light shade.


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

Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
Acworth, Georgia
Cumming, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia (2 reports)
Rome, Georgia
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Norton, Massachusetts
Mason, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Liberty, Missouri
Cicero, New York
Banner Elk, North Carolina
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Hermitage, Pennsylvania
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Blythewood, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Garland, Texas
Suffolk, Virginia

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