Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Double Yellow'
Lenten rose hellebore
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: January to April
- Flower colour: yellow
- Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Bred by the renowned plantsman Hugh Nunn, this is a recent introduction with soft yellow blooms that appear in open clusters from mid-winter to mid-spring. Like all the other 'Harvington' hellebores, the foliage is lustrous and rich green, and it will overwintere in milder areas. An ideal plant for the woodland garden, it also works a treat towards the front of a partially shaded border where it will provide a subtle shot of colour at an otherwise fairly drab time of the year.
- Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Cut the old leaves back down to the ground in January or February as this will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect. It will also help to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring.
- Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
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