Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus argutifolius
Helleborus argutifolius 
Corsican hellebore
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.4-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES blue-green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS ++různobarevné:cream a yellow a light green
BLOOMING TIME January - March
LOCATION semi-shade / partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°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
Evergreen broadleaf
Winter blooms
náhled fotonáhled fotonáhled foto
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.

Corsican hellebore is a special plant with deeply toothed margins on light green, leathery leaves. They are evergreen but in regions with cold and long winters they may die back in mid-winter and only flower stems rise up from January till March producing yellow-green flowers. This hellebore is the tallest of the species growing up to 1.5m in Corsica and Sardinia. In our climate it makes it just above knee level.

Grow it on a place sheltered from all winter sun and most summer sunlight. Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to alkaline soil in dappled shade or filtered sun. Fertilizing will increase flowering and help the leaves remain strong and nice throughout the winter. This one is short-lived, in about 4 years the mother plant dies and new seedlings around take over. 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 -23°C (USDA zone 6).

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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