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Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose)

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Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Max height
Ultimate spread
Max spread
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity
Toxic - Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant.

Botanical name: Helleborus orientalis

Other names: Lenten rose, Lenten hellebore, Oriental hellebore, Winter rose

Genus: Helleborus

Species: H. orientalis - H. orientalis is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen or evergreen perennial with leathery, deep green basal leaves with lance-shaped leaflets and, from midwinter to mid-spring, stout, branched stems bearing nodding or outward-facing, saucer-shaped, white, sometimes pink- or green-flushed flowers becoming pinker with age.

Helleborus orientalis is: Semi evergreen

Flower: Greenish-white, White, Purple, Pink in Spring

Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons

Habit: Clump-forming

Toxicity: Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant.

Watch out for

Specific diseases: Black death of hellebores

General care

Pruning: Low maintenance this plant requires only the removal of dead flower stems and leaves.. REGISTER to read more...

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Propagation methods: Division, Seed. REGISTER to

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Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Cultivation: Since these plants prefer soil to be moisture retentive mulch with manure or compost in spring as well as applying a small amouint of complete plant food.

Soil type: Chalky

Soil drainage: Moisture-retentive

Soil pH: Alkaline

Light: Partial Shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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