Different Hellebore Plant Types

  • Corsican hellebore. This variety does not produce the largest or most dramatic hellebore flowers, but it does grow vigorously and creates lush foliage. ...
  • Ivory prince. ...
  • Winter Jewels. ...
  • Fragrant hellebore. ...
  • Picotee Lady. ...
  • Double Ladies.

  1. How many varieties of hellebores are there?
  2. Can you separate hellebores?
  3. Do hellebores spread?
  4. Do you cut back hellebores after flowering?
  5. Do hellebores bloom all summer?
  6. What can I plant with hellebores?
  7. Can hellebores tolerate sun?
  8. Do hellebores multiply?
  9. Can I transplant hellebores in spring?
  10. Why are hellebores so expensive?
  11. Is hellebore poisonous to dogs?
  12. Do hellebores die down in summer?
  13. Are hellebores invasive?
  14. Can hellebores be grown in pots?
  15. When should I buy hellebores?
  16. How tall do hellebores get?
  17. Why are the leaves on my hellebore turning yellow?
  18. Where should I plant hellebores?
  19. What kind of fertilizer do hellebores like?

How many varieties of hellebores are there?

The Many Faces of Hellebores: 6 Unique Types to Love. The hellebore, Helleborus, is a member of the expansive Ranunculaceae family. It's not one plant, but a family of approximately 20 species, plus various subspecies. And it's often called the Lenten, Christmas, or Winter rose.

Can you separate hellebores?

Division. Hellebores are typically long-lived plants. ... They do not usually need to be divided for the health of the plant, but if you wish to transplant or divide a hellebore, that is best done in September or October.

Do hellebores spread?

Do hellebores spread? Yes, hellebores will self-sow. However, allowing them to do so may result in unexpected hybrids if you grow multiple types in close proximity. Thin out any new seedlings that are too close to mature plants.

Do you cut back hellebores after flowering?

As soon as the new growth appears, these old leaves can be cut away, slicing them right at the base. If your old foliage is undamaged and still looks good, it's not necessary to prune them right away, but once the new grow starts to leaf out, you'll want to make way for them by removing the old growth.

Do hellebores bloom all summer?

Hellebores have a usual bloom time (winter and spring), but they can sometimes be found for sale, in full bloom, during the summer. This means that the plants have been forced to bloom out of their usual schedule, and they aren't likely to bloom again in the winter.

What can I plant with hellebores?

Hellebore Companions

  • Hostas.
  • Native perennial ferns.
  • Columbines, especially US-native Aquilegia canadensis.
  • Bleeding heart.
  • Coral bells (Heuchera), foamflowers (Tiarella) and their hybrids, the foamy bells (Heucherella)
  • For more hellebores' planting companions, click here.

Can hellebores tolerate sun?

Oriental Hybrid Hellebores

Hellebores are hardy in Zones 6 to 9. They tolerate almost full sun to almost full shade but prefer partial shade. Dense shade may reduce flower production.

Do hellebores multiply?

A hellebore will yield from two to as many as 10 divided plants. You should plant the divided plants immediately, making sure the roots do not dry out.

Can I transplant hellebores in spring?

When mature hellebores go to seed after flowering, new seedlings grow the following spring near the parent plant. You can transplant these seedlings in the spring, either into pots or to fill out new areas of the garden.

Why are hellebores so expensive?

Hybrid hellebores are expensive to purchase (about $17 for a one-gallon pot) because it takes three to five years for them to bloom, and growers generally only sell blooming plants. ... Unlike other perennials, hellebores are long-lived plants that do not need to be divided to remain vigorous.

Is hellebore poisonous to dogs?

Hellebore (Helleborus spp.), a member of the buttercup family, is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Thankfully, its foul taste often prevents them from eating it in large quantities. Even the name of the genus refers to its toxicity.

Do hellebores die down in summer?

Hellebores flower from December through to mid-spring, although the flowers may stay on the plants longer as they slowly fade, but still look attractive. ... Hellebores require little or no maintenance, but they do better if the old foliage is removed in late winter during January.

Are hellebores invasive?

The hellebore is a small evergreen perennial that blooms during the winter months and into spring, usually starting as early as late January. The clumps expand slowly by rhizomatous roots but are not invasive.

Can hellebores be grown in pots?

Hellebore needs rich and well-drained soil, so be sure to choose a pot that drains and use a rich organic potting soil or add compost to existing soil. ... The flowers tend to droop downward, so find an elevated position for your container grown hellebore so you can fully enjoy it.

When should I buy hellebores?

You can buy flowering plants ready for planting from late autumn in 9cm (3½in) or larger containers. It is best to avoid planting during the dry summer months.

How tall do hellebores get?

Hellebore

genus nameHelleborus
lightPart Sun Shade Sun
plant typePerennial
height1 to 3 feet 3 to 8 feet
width1-3 feet wide

Why are the leaves on my hellebore turning yellow?

Every year as the plants begin to put on new foliage they can undergo a transient nutrient deficiency which is displayed as yellowing of the leaves. ... This is not to be confused with the yellow foliage on the yellow flowering plants like the O'Byrne's Helleborus x hybridus Golden Lotus or Golden Sunrise strain.

Where should I plant hellebores?

Where to plant hellebores. Grow hellebores at the front of a border in sun, or full or partial shade, depending on the variety you choose. They do best in fertile, well-drained soil.

What kind of fertilizer do hellebores like?

Despite what most growers think, hellebores need a steady feed throughout the growing cycle with an electrical conductivity (EC) of 1.2 to 1.5. A slow release, eight- to nine-month fertilizer is recommended for spring planting.