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Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine' (Hybrid hellebore 'Winter Sunshine')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.4m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine'

Other names

Hybrid hellebore 'Winter Sunshine'

Genus

Helleborus Helleborus

Variety or Cultivar

'Winter Sunshine' _ 'Winter Sunshine' is a bushy, clump-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, deeply lobed, dark green leaves, sometimes with silver veining and pink tones, and from late winter to late spring, upright stems bearing nodding, cup-shaped, white-pink flowers, often flushed green and eventually aging to pink.


Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine' is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant.

Flower

White, Pink, Pale-pink, Flushed green in Spring

Foliage

Veined, Flushed pink, Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Black death of hellebores Black death of hellebores

General care

Pruning

Remove faded, damaged, or dead foliage when the flowers appear. Cut back spent flower stems to encourage the production of new leaves.

Propagation

This is a sterile hybrid and so can only be accurately propagated through division. Do so in early spring or late summer.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine' (Hybrid hellebore 'Winter Sunshine') will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Cultivation

Prefers heavy, neutral to alkaline soil in partial shade. Avoid excessively dry or wet conditions. Shelter from strong, cold winds and mulch annually in autumn.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

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We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine'

Other names

Hybrid hellebore 'Winter Sunshine'

Genus

Helleborus Helleborus

Variety or Cultivar

'Winter Sunshine' _ 'Winter Sunshine' is a bushy, clump-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with leathery, deeply lobed, dark green leaves, sometimes with silver veining and pink tones, and from late winter to late spring, upright stems bearing nodding, cup-shaped, white-pink flowers, often flushed green and eventually aging to pink.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant.


Colour

Flower

White, Pink, Pale-pink, Flushed green in Spring

Foliage

Veined, Flushed pink, Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Black death of hellebores

General care

Pruning

Remove faded, damaged, or dead foliage when the flowers appear. Cut back spent flower stems to encourage the production of new leaves.

Propagation

This is a sterile hybrid and so can only be accurately propagated through division. Do so in early spring or late summer.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine' (Hybrid hellebore 'Winter Sunshine') will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Cultivation

Prefers heavy, neutral to alkaline soil in partial shade. Avoid excessively dry or wet conditions. Shelter from strong, cold winds and mulch annually in autumn.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

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

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