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Hellebore, Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus 'Blue Lady'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Species: x hybridus (hy-BRID-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Lady
Additional cultivar information:(Lady series)
Hybridized by Gisela Schmiemann




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:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Dracut, Massachusetts

Saint Paul, Minnesota

New York City, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Garland, Texas

Chimacum, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 24, 2011, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very impressed with this plant. It's planted under a tree that most other plants died and suffered during the drought. This plant was not affected in the least bit. I would suppose it tolerates dry shade and harsh conditions.


On Nov 17, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Just a really kool plant and groundcover!! there is nothing that looks anything like it except for maybe a cannabis plants leaf, so i would be careful where you plant this in your yard, especially if your not in good standings with your neighboors as this plant could easily be mistaken as a baby plant of something less legal from far back, except for the fact that its so short..LOL..also after handling these leaves while planting i got an horribly itchy pink rash on my hands that lasted for only about a day; so i guess it can be a slight skin irritant for those who are sickly and suffer form allergens such as myself, just such a kool awesome plant though, for such a little plant reaching only about 1 ft tall it has such huge weird leaves and beautiful, grey blue, to purple blooms, for wee... read more