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Hellebore, Lenten Rose 'Red Lady'

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)
Cultivar: Red Lady
Additional cultivar information:(Lady series)
Hybridized by Gisela Schmiemann



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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:

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

Los Angeles, California

Oakland, California

Dracut, Massachusetts

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Orient, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Memphis, Tennessee

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 19, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Though the tag lists this as Helleborus x hybridus, some places list it as Helleborus orientalis 'Red Lady', part of the Lady Series.


On Jul 10, 2009, littlelamb from Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted this perennial about 4-5 years ago without any idea how it would do. This is a must have plant for any shady area that can take heat, humidity and alittle drought. The only care I do for it is cut out the old leaves when the new ones pop up, and give it a drink of water when we go through an extended drought. In the mid/late Winter, this plant sends up beautiful flowers and foliage that seem to last forever. If you want more plants later...then just be patient and you have a few seedlings popping up. The foliage remains attractive the rest of the year.


On Oct 1, 2006, katsu from Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Mine has not bloomed yet (it's second year) but is growing and looking nice. It's planted in deep shade on the North side of our house, and it's also pretty dry there.