Helleborus, Hellebore, Lenten Rose 'HGC Pink Frost'

Helleborus x ballardiae

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Species: x ballardiae
Cultivar: HGC Pink Frost
Additional cultivar information:(PP21063; aka Helleborus Gold Collection, COSEH 710)
Hybridized by Heuger
Registered or introduced: 2009
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Winterville, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky(2 reports)

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

West Plains, Missouri

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon(2 reports)

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Falls Church, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is very beautiful, with outward facing flowers that open pink/white and then darken and develop green and maroon tones. They look especially good when backlit and the petals are transilluminated by the sun. As with most hellebores, the flowers last for months while gradually greening up.

The evergreen leaves have maroon tints, and the stems and petioles are maroon. We cut them off in late winter/early spring shortly after flowering begins and before the new leaves emerge.

We buy and plant in the garden heavily potbound 1-gal plants that have been produced for the florists' trade. They sometimes perform well in their second season, but more often, I assume because they're so heavily rootbound, it takes them a couple of seasons to regain their strength. ... read more


On Apr 2, 2013, Gurugal from Falls Church, VA wrote:

I have grown many varieties of helleborus for years, and this is the best one I've ever seen. It blooms in great bunches of flowers. The heads really do face out and up. The color is lucious pink at the top of it's bloom period and then as it ages the blooms turn all shades of rose, pink, and burgundy. It loves moist soil. It HATES dry soil and will let you know by wilting to the ground.


On Mar 12, 2013, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

"Pink Frost" is a selected cultivar of Helleborus x ballardiae, a cross between H. Niger, the Christams rose, and the less common H. lividus from the island of Mallorca.
This is the best of all the a hellebores in my opinion. The leaves are attractive and hold up to freezing Einters better than most. It is extremely floriferous, but what's more is that the flowers face outward to be appreciated, a rare trait in the genus. The flower color is constantly changing and at any given moment display pale pink, various shades of mauve and cinnamon, aging to warm wine tinted chocolate.. This is a very tough plant but always manages to look aristocratic in the garden. Ithis is a good choice for beginners, but it may spoil you.


On Jan 4, 2012, dhdunlap from West Plains, MO wrote:

Extremely vigorous and can bloom 2 or even 3 times per year, including midsummer.