Graham Stuart Thomas is the oracle when it comes to herbaceous plants of this order. On this plant (also known as H. corsicus) he waxes particularly lyrical : - '... the most sumptuous hardy flowers of winter ...... handsome, ground covering, hand-like leaves ..... the most beautiful of all .... a handsome clump ...... the whole plant is a symphony of beauty in the early year... '
Because the Hellebores do stuff in the spring and like a bit of shade, they're particularly suited to growing under deciduous trees - in any reasonably well drained soil. A single shoot grows in the first year, flowers in the second and then dies to make room for new shoots the following year.
Propagated by seed.
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
|Ground cover, Herbaceous, Evergreen, Shade, Soil - Dry/Well drained|