University of Illinois Extension

Perennes Comunes

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Lenten Rose
Helleborus orientalis

Helleborus 'White Lady'
Helleborus 'White Lady'

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
15 - 18 Inches
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
4 - 9 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
 
Bloom Color
Bi-color
Blue
Green
Pink
Purple
Red
White
 
Bloom Season
March - April
 
Size
Small
 

Features

Excellent low growing mound shaped plant and one of the earliest flowering in the late winter very early spring. Clean glossy foliage that is semi-evergreen.

Culture

Prefers moist, high organic matter soil in a shade to partial shade site.

Cultivars

Many new culitvars available. Some include:

'Spotted Hybrids' 20 inches tall, mixed colored flowers with spots on the blooms.

'Pine Knot Select' 12-18 inches, yellow, white, picotee flowers

'Mrs. Betty Raincar' 12-18 inches white flowers

'Red Lady' 20 inches tall, red flowers

Notes

Slow to establish but are long lived once they do. Need high organic matter soils that are moist and in a shaded location. Foliage tends to be evergreen. Remove damaged foliage in the spring. Sap may cause skin rashes. Reported to be deer and rabbit resistant.