Helleborus orientalis hybrids
The Lenten Rose is a perennial that forms clumps of leathery, dark green leaves comprised of 7 to 9 leaflets. In winter and early spring flower stems produce an abundance of drooping, saucer shaped flowers 5 to 6cm in diameter. Colours can vary from white to shades of pink including a ‘mauve-pink’.
Many blooms are shaded with green and some are decorated with contrasting spots or speckles on the inside of each tepal. The central stamens and free carpels (female part of the flower) add to the charm and intricate beauty of each individual bloom. They grow best in woodland conditions in neutral or slightly limey soils and tolerate extreme cold and frost.