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Helleborus (Lenten Rose) niger ‘Christmas Rose’

Perennial Plant Of The Year 2005!

Bring buds of the ‘Christmas rose’ indoors to enjoy their huge white flowers on the festive table. One of the earliest flowering plants, it’s perfect for brightening the front of a partially shady mixed border. ‘Christmas rose’ is a clump-forming, winter-blooming perennial which typically grows 8-15″ tall. Features large, cup-shaped, rose-like, white flowers (to 3″ diameter) with crowns of conspicuously contrasting yellow stamens.

Flowers usually appear singly on thick stems which do not always rise above the foliage. Flowers acquire pink shading as they mature. Palmate, deeply lobed, somewhat waxy, basal, dark green leaves (7-9 leaflets) are evergreen in warm climates but deciduous in extremely cold winters. Does best in moist, well-drained, humus-enriched soil. Valued for the unusual winter flowering. Naturalizes easily and flourishes in the southern garden.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 15"
Spacing 12"-15"
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Partial shade to full shade
Foliage Dark green
Flower White fading to blush pink with yellow stamens
Bloomtime Varies

General Information +

Botanical: Helleborus niger

Common: Christmas rose

Family: Ranunculaceae

General Characteristics: Clumps of Christmas rose blooming at Christmas time can be very special. Locate plants near a kitchen window, patio or walkway so that the winter bloom may be enjoyed to the fullest. Group in shady locations under trees or large shrubs, woodland gardens or border fronts. May also be massed to form an attractive ground cover. It may become scorched and tattered in extremely cold weather, particularly if not insulated by snow cover. Bloom time varies considerably with the severity of the winter climate (early December in warmer regions to March in the far northern part of its growing range). Long bloom period of up to two months. Flowers sometimes bloom in the snow and bloom can survive spurts of even sub-zero temperatures. An extremely rugged plant once established. Leaves, stems and roots are poisonous.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Best grown in organically rich, humusy, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Locate plants in areas protected from cold winter winds. Plants usually take several years to establish. Clumps may be divided for propagation, but clumps never require division and will form and grow best when left undisturbed. Plants may self seed sparingly in optimum growing conditions.