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Helleborus - Christmas rose

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Helleborus or hellebore are among the most popular plants for winter and early spring. The first of these fascinating perennials of this genus are Helleborus niger or Christmas rose.

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Holly-leaved hellebore

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Helleborus foetidus

Stinking hellebore

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Helleborus niger

Christmas rose, black hellebore

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Helleborus x eric. 'Angel Glow' - R -

Spring hellebore 'Angel Glow' - R -

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Spring hellebore 'Winter Sunshine' - R -

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Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam' (S)

Hellebore 'Winter Moonbeam' (S)

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Lenten rose, oriental hellebore

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Lenten rose 'Tutu' (S)

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More information about helleboreHellebore Angel Glow Lubera


This species blooms from December and in January. In February and March, the numerous hybrids of Helleborus orientalis bloom and inspire with their colourful and patterned flowers. Various wild species of the Christmas rose, some of which are native to Europe, for example, the snow rose (H. niger) also flower at this time. The popular perennials belong to the buttercup plant family. They are poisonous in all parts. As garden plants, these perennial, winter-hardy perennials are just as popular at the edge of woody plants as they are for mixed borders. The perennials of these plants also thrive well in pots and boxes on the balcony. The flowers of the early varieties are fertile for a very long time and are pollinated by the first bumblebees in the spring. Then the seeds ripen and the plants like to re-seed themselves.



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An interesting and very robust wild plant for near-natural gardens is the native perennial Helleborus foetidus. This perennial flowers at the edge of a shrub or in a larger perennial border. It likes to re-seed itself, and wild species delight the first insects with its flowers, which are flying around in the spring. Also popular is the wild Corsican hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius). It delights the eyes of humans as well as insects early in the spring because its cup-shaped, light green flowers are rich in nectar and pollen. This plant likes a warm location with humus-rich, permeable soil. For balconies and gardens, hybrid cultivars of Helleborus orientalis are especially popular, for example, the pink variety 'Tutu'. These varieties come in numerous colours and patterns, and each plant is often unique. The spectrum ranges from white, spotted, to pink, purple, light green and almost black flowers. Very attractive and willing to bloom is also the spring type, the variety 'Angel Glow', which is very beautiful and strong growing. And, of course, the Christmas roses (H. niger) are a must on every balcony and in every garden in the winter.


The best location


All varieties of these popular perennials thrive best in a semi-shady and/or sunny location. They like to grow near the edge of woody plants or under deciduous trees. The soil for Christmas roses or H.orientalis should be rich in humus and well-drained. They do not tolerate waterlogging. In the garden, the soil may be somewhat loamy, as they also like lime. For all species of hellebore that are grown in a pot, it is important that the plant has good drainage. In the winter, all species should not stand too much in full sun because the evergreen leaves dry out quickly and the flowers wilt faster. 


Plant hellebore correctly


All species of Christmas rose and snow rose (H. niger) as well as H. orientalis should ideally be planted from autumn to late spring. Planting in autumn before flowering is ideal for these species because the roots grow especially strong during this time. In the summer, planting in the garden is less ideal because the plants can easily dry out. A large planting hole must be dug before planting. Loosen the soil well, and if necessary, enrich it with compost and some gravel. Then carefully remove the plants from the pot and tear open the root ball well. Spread the roots fan-like in the planting hole. Carefully fill up with soil and compost, and water well. 


The right care


All species of the Christmas roses (Helleborus niger), as well as the Helleborus orientalis, are basically easy to care for and robust. However, they must be watered occasionally in the summer during dry periods. In the winter and in the spring during flowering, it is especially important to water the plants on frost-free days. This is because water evaporates even in cold weather in the winter. When planted in pots, it is particularly important that the Christmas roses are watered regularly. Other care tips include the following: in the spring, add some compost and horn shavings as food. In autumn, before the new flowers appear, cut away the old leaves. This will help the flowers look their best and, above all, prevent the transmission of diseases. 


Propagating from seed


The Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) can be propagated quite easily from seeds. However, patience is required, as it can take up to four years before the new plants of these species bloom for the first time. The non-stemming varieties like Helleborus orientalis or Helleborus niger can also be propagated by dividing the plants in the spring. However, for those wild species that form stems, such as stinking hellebore or Corsican hellebore, only propagation by seed is possible. With hybrids, growing from seeds is often a surprise, and one never knows in which colours and patterns the young plants will flower. In general, these plants like to crossbreed with each other, and so these popular perennials have many surprises in store.


Diseases and pests


Christmas roses (H. niger) and spring roses are afraid of leaf spot disease and a viral disease called 'Black Death'. With both diseases, the infected leaves must be cut off and destroyed as quickly as possible. Then the plants of hellebore can be saved in most cases. Apart from these two diseases, the Christmas roses are a very healthy and robust genus. Only aphids and pine weevils sometimes infest the plants of the hellebore genus and the young seedlings are occasionally eaten by snails in the garden. This problem can be prevented with simple tips: spread snail rings, snail fences or sharp gravel around the hellebore plants.

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