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Plant of the Week: Hellebore, The Lenten Rose

Hellebore, The Lenten Rose: This spectacular plant sometimes falls under the description as a perennial here in the Northeast, but the Hellebore truly fall under the category of a “broadleaf evergreen” plant.  Hellebore have an annual bloom time, but the plant itself stays present showing the broad, deep evergreen leaves on going, never to disappear.

Hellebore will thrive in a dry shaded area with a heavy lime content i.e., along a walkway or stone path; the plant will also flourish in a shaded area will lots of natural humus, as long as the plants have good drainage they will take hold.

The flowers of the Hellebore show their magnificent blooms during the season of Lent, hence the name “Lenten Rose”. The unpredictable weather during the course of the holy season, late winter thru early spring, brings on a sort of worship for these trusty flowers. The blossoms alone would cause pause on a warm spring day but to see them emerge from their leather-like leaves below, during cold inclement weather, is such a delightful, awakening, not only for the garden, but for the human spirit as well. Gardeners that have the Hellebore planted in their beds will enthusiastically tell you how much they enjoy and love these plants, Hellebore have a devoted following.


The availability of Hellebore plants differs greatly around the country. Stop by your local Home Depot; speak with the plant specialist for the availability or special order program for Hellebore in your region.

Read further about the care and placement of the “Lenten Rose” on our Plant Library link, along with 10 winter/early spring blooming plants.

The spring season official starts in just days, welcome the warming soil with a fresh start, seek out and plant (if you don’t already have one) a fabulous Hellebore, “Lenten Rose”. Give the plant some time to take hold, leave the flowers to go to seed….the plants will multiply and become a perennial favorite with the persistent qualities of an evergreen.

Happy Spring!  



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Posted 2017-03-09T16:44:09+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS Maureen_HD_BOS