Helleborus x 'METALLIC BLUE LADY'

Helleborus x
Helleborus x 'METALLIC BLUE LADY'
Lenten rose, hellebore
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.4m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.6m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS kombinovaná:deep purple a burgundy red
BLOOMING TIME January - March
LOCATION semi-shade / partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Winter blooms
Evergreen broadleaf
Hellebore (Lenten rose) is not a new plant in Czech and Slovak gardens. I remember those flowering stems that surprisingly pushed through the snow in late winter and I kept asking grandma how come that a plant can flower while there is still snow on the ground. These evergreen perennials are still very popular, mainly thanks to newly hybridized varieties with fantastic flowers.

Metallic Blue Lady is a Lenten rose probably designed for male population that loves metallic colours on their cars. The flowers are very deep purple with deep blue metallic overlay giving the flowers an extra softness a velvety feel and contrast beautifully with the centres filled with creamy yellow stamens. The flowers appear from mid-winter on 25-35 cm tall, sturdy stems and keep on producing new flower buds until mid-spring. Leaves are pedate, leathery, dark green and partly glossy. If the plant has many flower buds the leaves are usually tired and unsightly in late winter and should be removed in order to make space for newly emerging foliage.

Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to alkaline soil in dappled shade or filtered sun. Some growers even suggest growing it in wet ground but we have not tested it yet. Fertilizing will increase flowering and help the leaves remain strong and nice throughout the winter. Grow it somewhere near your house entrance or close to the window you look out of frequently so that you can enjoy the plant when it starts flowering since at that time the weather outside is not yet ideal for walking around the garden. The flowers can cheer up a number of grey and dull days of late winter therefore thumbs up for hellebore! Hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 04-01-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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