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hellebore hellebore

Christmas rose (Helleborus niger), Christmas Hellebore, Black Hellebore is a very distinct species, immediately recognisable and rarely confused with others, it is the best known of the species hellebores. The Christmas Rose it is one of the first plants to bloom producing a succession of delicate white flowers. The blooms can open by the end of December, in gardens, the flowers generally appear from January to March, occasionally earlier. The blossoms are a study in elegance and purity, with five petals. Each blossom lasts for several weeks, going through an aging process. A couple of weeks after opening, the backs of the petals become blushed with the most delicate shade of pink. This colour deepens and the petals thicken, turning slowly green as the seeds ripen in the centre of the flower.

This beautiful hellebore is smaller and more compact than its relatives. The leaves form a beautiful clump to around 30cm wide that is evergreen if protected from winter wind and its foliage stays neater throughout the year. It is an easy plant to grow in light shade in most soils and is good for massing under trees.

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