Helleborus niger (Christmas Rose)

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Plant Overview

The Christmas Rose bears large, round, white flat-faced flowers above low-growing mounds of leathery, deep green foliage. Flowers from mid-winter to late spring. Blooms fade to light pink as they age.

Grow at the front of a shaded border. Happy under trees.

Makes an excellent cut flower – float the blooms in a bowl of water to display them.

Attractive to bees.

Height and Spread: 60cm x 45cm

Toxic if eaten and can cause skin irritation if handled. Was supposedly used by the Greeks as a chemical weapon!

Known in British literature since the 16th century, although possibly introduced to Britain by the Romans from central Europe.

Common name(s): Christmas Rose; Black Hellebore.





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