Helleborus orientalis

Helleborus orientalis, more commonly known as Lenten Rose, Hellebore and Winter Rose, is an evergreen perennial that forms in clumps and thrives in cool, shaded areas of the garden. It thrives splendidly beneath the sheltering canopy of shrubs and trees, where other plants may struggle to flourish. This beautiful plant is cherished for its enchanting nodding blossoms, boasting a charming cup shape. Helleborus orientalis blooms during winter and early spring, offering a delightful burst of colour and joy.

Helleborus orientalis

Landscape uses

Helleborus orientalis provides contrast and texture in garden beds – especially in winter when deciduous plants have lost their leaves and flowers. They are well-suited to various garden styles, including cottage and formal gardens. Hellebores also make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers when stored in a vase indoors. Bees also love them!

How to plant

Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist, rich soil. Helleborus orientalis love to be planted under trees – especially deciduous trees. Depending on your pot size, you can expect these shrubs to grow to approx. 30cm high and 4cm wide.

Helleborus orientalis

Care and maintenance

Helleborus orientalis is a highly low-maintenance plant. We recommend cutting the plant back after flowering and feeding with fertiliser in spring. Once established, they’re frost-tolerant and can withstand medium winds. Aphids, slugs and snails are known to love Hellebores, so treat them if needed. Please note – Helleborus genus is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses, but thankfully, its foul taste generally prevents them from eating it in large quantities. Seek immediate veterinary treatment if you suspect any part of the plant has been consumed.