Christmas Rose

Helleborus niger

Christmas Rose - Helleborus  niger

Common Name: Christmas Rose
Genus: Helleborus
Species: niger

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Provides winter colour, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: January to April

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

The Christmas Rose gets its name because it can be found flowering around Christmas time and throughout the rest of winter and into early spring. Helleborus niger is an evergreen perennial that forms a clump over time. It has mid-dark green leathery leaves that are divided into toothed leaflets.

The winter flowers of Helleborus niger are white and saucer shaped. Other Helleborus species and cultivars have pink, purple, white pale green or white freckled purple/pink flowers.

Helleborus niger is ideal for planting in a woodland garden.


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