Haunting Ruse Black Lenten Rose Hellebore

5 Stunning Hellebore Varieties You MUST See!

Hellebores (Hellborus) are commonly known as Lenten Rose given their blooms are a late winter / early springtime staple in zone 4-9 shade gardens.  The toothed, green leaves are leathery and stay evergreen through a mild winter. Damaged leaves are quickly replaced in late winter to early spring adding a necessary lift to garden early in the year. Hellebore flower heads hang upside-down and their true beauty cannot be completely appreciated. The best way to show off the flowers is to float them in a bowl of water.Growing Hellebores Essential Guide (1)

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, there are many hellebores to choose from. Here are some of the most popular varieties and a list of some notable ones that would be a beautiful addition to your garden.

Popular Hellebore Selections

  • argutifolius, Corsican hellebore, features light green leaves and pale green flowers. Hardy to zone 6.
  • foetidus, stinking hellebore, is so named because its foliage has a pungent scent when it is crushed. It is also known as bear’s foot. Its leaves are dark green and the nodding flowers are light green, often with a reddish blush. Hardy to zone 5.
  • niger, Christmas rose, has dark green, leathery leaves. It’s pink flower buds open white with a pale green center. Hardy to zone 4 (in some instances zone 3).
  • orientalis, Lenten rose, has leaves that are dark green and coarsely serrated. Bloom color ranges from white to red-black, sometimes with freckles, streaks, or other patterns. Hardy to zone 4.

5 stunning and unique hellebores you will fall in love with

Hat’s off to These Notable Varieties

Windcliff Double (Helleborus x ‘Windcliff Double Pink’), Zones 4-9

This is an exclusive selection made by Dan Hinkley at his Windcliff garden. “Stunning double pink flowers set this strain apart from the rest. It offers tremendous color impact beginning in late winter, continuing through spring. Mounded foliage emerges throughout the season provides year-round interest. This highly adaptable perennial for dappled shade is rarely bothered by pests or disease, and completely deer-proof.”Windcliff Double Pink Lenten Rose -Hellebore

Apricot Blush (Helleborus ‘Apricot Blush’) – Zones 4-9

“From Marietta O’Byrne’s meticulous breeding program, this hybrid features varying shades of peachy-apricot blooms with darker rose veining, speckling or picotee edges. Emerging in early spring from vigorous clumps of foliage, these large, nodding flowers last for weeks.”

Winter Jewels Apricot Blush Lenten Rose -HelleboreCherry Blossom (Helleborus ‘Cherry Blossom’) Zones 4-9

“Large, semi-double blooms of rich pink with deep, cherry red centers nearly glow against neat clumps of deer resistant, evergreen foliage. This extremely vigorous strain is the result of over 15 years of hand-breeding and selection. A perfect addition to shady beds and borders.”

Winter Jewels Cherry Blossom Lenten Rose -Hellebore

Ruse Black (Helleborus x ‘Ruse Black’) Zones 3-9

“A new selection from Japan, offering unique and dramatic, deep dark-purple-black flowers on strong stems. Foliage is clean and virtually spot-free. Grown and selected from tissue culture by Miyoshi, this oriental hybrid is consistent in its exceptional color and form, unlike many seedling strains. A prolific bloomer for beds, borders and woodland gardens.”

Haunting Ruse Black Lenten Rose -Hellebore

Ivory Prince (Helleborus x hybridus ‘Walhelivor’) – Zones 4-9

“Deep pink buds open to bright white flowers that face up and outward from the plant, unlike many. This virtually problem-free perennial brings delightful spring color to woodland, native or shade gardens.”

Ivory Prince Upward Facing Lenten Rose -Hellebore

 

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. To read more about all things hellebore, please visit

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Thank you to Monrovia for providing the stunning photos of these magnificent hellebores!

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. A Few Pennies
    A Few PenniesMarch 15,12

    Lovely plants and pretty blooms–this makes me want more flowers in the garden. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Shirley @ The Gardening Life
    Shirley @ The Gardening LifeMarch 16,12

    They are truly beautiful! What a great idea to float them to show their “faces”! I’ve never seen one like the third last above. Is it rated a zone 4 or higher?

  3. Mimi
    MimiMarch 17,12

    As a florist, I know that helebores do not last long as cut flowers, but your post gave me the idea of arranging them as potted flowers in either baskets or boxes. No one should miss these beauties.

  4. lissa
    lissaMarch 18,12

    I wanted some for my shade garden. I have been lusting after them for a few months now. I didn’t have the seeds and I winter sowed so much I won’t have room now boo.

  5. Sherry
    SherryMarch 22,12

    These are beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

  6. Heather @ new house new home new life
    Heather @ new house new home new lifeMay 15,13

    They are gorgeous! Visiting from The Impatient Gardener.

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