March Feature Plant: Hellebore
Hellebores (Hellborus) are commonly known as Easter Rose or Lenten Rose given their blooms are an early springtime staple in gardens in Coastal BC. The toothed-green leaves are leathery and some can stay evergreen through a mild winter. Damaged leaves are quickly replaced in late winter to early spring adding a necessary lift to garden this early in the year.
Hellebore blooms come in variety of colours including green, white, yellow, red, black, and many variations of pink and purple. Double blooms or single, spotted or freckle-free, the best way to show off the flowers is to float them in a bowl of water.
In the garden the flower heads hang upside-down where their true beauty cannot be completely appreciated.
To propagate, divide the clumps after flowering, in early spring or late summer. Hellebores can be grown from seed and will self-seed but do not come true to type. With so much variety out there it’s quite fun to grow your own seedlings be surprised at what will pop up.
More information on Hellebores can be found at Hellebores.org.
For 2012 I will be featuring a different plant of the 15th of each month for Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day. I have done more than a year of posting for #GBBD and as it’s not greatly different than in previous year’s at the same time it will allow me to show off some great blooms and favourite plants.