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Helleborus 'Royal Heritage Strain'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Heritage Strain
Additional cultivar information: (aka Royal Heritage Strain)

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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:
Unknown - Tell us

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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2 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BigHat 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.

Positive SissieJeep 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!

Negative Victory3103 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.

Neutral fel 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.

Neutral macybee On Jun 19, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Do you think I could raise them in Texas?
Well, I gonna try. Received new plants yesterday.
Information I looked up says : Leaves, stems and roots are poisonous.

Neutral berrygirl 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
Lebanon, Missouri
Alexander, New York
Newburgh, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Olympia, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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