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Helleborus foetidus (Stinking hellebore)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Helleborus foetidus

Other names

Stinking hellebore, Barfoot, Bearfoot, Bear's foot , Foetid hellebore, Ox heel, Setterwort, Stinkwort

Genus

Helleborus Helleborus

Species

H. foetidus - H. foetidus is a clump-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with palmate, leathery leaves divided into linear or narrowly lance-shaped, toothed, dark green leaflets and sturdy, upright stems bearing nodding, bell-shaped, often purple-edged, pale green flowers from midwinter into spring.


Helleborus foetidus is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pale-green, Flushed purple in Spring; Flushed purple, Pale-green in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Slugs , Snails Aphids , Slugs , Snails

Black death of hellebores , Hellebore leaf spot Black death of hellebores , Hellebore leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Leaves emit a pungent scent when crushed. Remove faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear. Cut back spent flower stems.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Helleborus foetidus (Stinking hellebore) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Best planted in moist, fertile, humus-rich, neutral to alkaline soil in partial shade. For best results provide shelter from strong, cold winds and mulch annually in autumn.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Helleborus foetidus

Other names

Stinking hellebore, Barfoot, Bearfoot, Bear's foot , Foetid hellebore, Ox heel, Setterwort, Stinkwort

Genus

Helleborus Helleborus

Species

H. foetidus - H. foetidus is a clump-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with palmate, leathery leaves divided into linear or narrowly lance-shaped, toothed, dark green leaflets and sturdy, upright stems bearing nodding, bell-shaped, often purple-edged, pale green flowers from midwinter into spring.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pale-green, Flushed purple in Spring; Flushed purple, Pale-green in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases

Black death of hellebores , Hellebore leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Leaves emit a pungent scent when crushed. Remove faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear. Cut back spent flower stems.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Helleborus foetidus (Stinking hellebore) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Best planted in moist, fertile, humus-rich, neutral to alkaline soil in partial shade. For best results provide shelter from strong, cold winds and mulch annually in autumn.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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February 2019

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