Hardiness: 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
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple) Fuchsia (Red-Purple) Coral/Apricot Chartreuse (Yellow-Green) Pale Green White/Near White Cream/Tan
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring Mid Winter
Foliage: Deciduous Smooth-Textured
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)
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
On Jul 8, 2011, BigHat from The Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
If you have a deer problem then Helebores are the new Hostas.
The flowers on "Royal Heritage" are a bit dull but the foliage is lovely and it is nice to have something green under the big maples that dominate my front yard. Mixing them with Epimedium makes for a nice contrast.
If you buy local you can see the colors you're getting before you buy.
On May 10, 2011, SissieJeep from Roanoke, VA wrote:
Mine are all pale green, too, but they do a great job of filling in where the peonies leave off in winter. Their dark green leaves by my door all winter help give me the strength to get through my least favorite season!
On Oct 15, 2010, Victory3103 from Lebanon, MO wrote:
It was the third year before they bloomed and when they did finally, they were all a pale whitish-green color. The information on the website and what came with the plants both indicated the variety of colors, so I was was really disappointed once they did bloom.
On Mar 27, 2010, fel from Wynnewood, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:
For a time this was the only hybrid strain one could get. Now that there are so many improved strains, this one is not recommended. It is rather washed out in color compared to some of the colors we can get now.
On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
(For info. purposes only).
Botanical Name: Helleborus Royal Heritage
Growing Zones: 4 - 8
Sun Exposure: Shade-Part Shade
Soil Types/Tolerance: Normal, loamy,Clay
Bloom Color: Mix, Black, Green, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow.
Bloom Size: 2 in.
Bloom Season: Early Winter to Early Spring
Uses: Ornamental, Outdoor, Beds, Cut Flowers
Additional Features: Flower, Long Bloomers, Easy Care. Evergreen.
Special Resistance: Deer Resistant, Pest Resistant, Drought & Heat Tolerant, Disease Resistant
Plant Width: 24 in - 3 ft
Plant Height: 18 in - 24 in
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Roswell, Georgia Carbondale, Illinois Newburgh, Indiana Hebron, Kentucky Uxbridge, Massachusetts East Tawas, Michigan Evergreen, Missouri Alexander, New York Balmville, New York Fruit Hill, Ohio Allentown, Pennsylvania Ashley, Pennsylvania Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania Knoxville, Tennessee Dallas, Texas Kerrville, Texas Roanoke, Virginia Olympia, Washington Seattle, Washington