Helleborus niger, aka the “Christmas Rose”, has nothing to do with the Christmas holiday or roses. It is, in fact, a species of Hellebore that happens to bloom very close to Christmas and then keeps blooming until early Spring. This perennial, winter bloomer is low maintenance, prefers the shade, and is poisonous. In our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 53 – “Helleborus niger – A Mini Plant-Profile”, we’ll describe this gem of a winter flowering plant and how best to care for it. This episode is meant for any gardener who wants to learn how to care for the Hellebores in their garden. For our “Winter Blooming Plants” free cheat sheet, click here!
Hellebore VarietiesHellebores are pretty low maintenance which makes them suitable for any level of gardener, especially beginning gardeners. As long as they have full to partial shade, they are tough, resilient plants that bloom with elegant, downward-facing flowers. There are many varieties of Hellebore that vary in their color, shape, and maintenance needs, among other things. Examples of some varieties of Hellebore are:
- Helleborus niger ‘White Magic’
- Helleborus niger ‘Jacob ‘
- Helleborus niger ‘Ivory Prince’
- Helleborus argutifolius ‘Silver Lace’
- Helleborus foetidus ‘Red Silver’
Helleborus niger: A Mini Plant Profile Show NotesHelleborus niger or more commonly known as the Christmas Rose Hellebore.
- Native to Europe.
- Flowers from around Christmas all the way into Spring.
- Grows about 1 foot tall and 1 ½ feet wide, spreading.
- Flowers 2 inches in diameter starting out white and turning pink as they age.
- Thrives in almost entirely shaded areas.
- Doesn’t like to be transplanted, but can be after 2 years growing in one location.
- Transplant in Spring after done flowering.
- Fertilized 1 or 2 times a year.
- Likes high pH soils.
- Needs regular watering.
- Grows in Sunset Zones 1 – 7, and 14 – 17.
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Helleborus nigerLearn general characteristics and maintenance for the Christmas Rose, or Helleborus niger.
Downloads:Show Notes 7 Winter Flowering Plants Cheat Sheet from our Free Resources Library
What You’ll Learn:
- Plant profile of Helleborus niger, aka the “Christmas Rose”
- Brief guide to general maintenance, watering needs, etc.
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- Hello Hellebore: Gardener’s Guide and Plant Profile
- Hellebore Care: Quick Care Tips For These Winter Bloomers – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 52
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- Understanding Basic Plant Growth – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 30
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