Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night'
Lenten rose hellebore
Plum pinks, whites and greens - the subtle colours of spring - support darker reds and slate- blacks
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: neutral to alkaline soil, including heavy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February to April
- Other features: all parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested; the sap may cause skin irritation; dark greyish-green leaves give off an unpleasant odour when crushed
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large, pendent or outward-facing, deep purple-black flowers appear in late winter and early spring adding interest to shady borders, woodland gardens or patio pots. Their brooding colour forms an interesting contrast when planted next to glowing snowdrops and creamy white daffodils.
- 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