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Helleborus (Hellebore) Double Ellen niger

History of the Hellebore:

Helleborus are one of the most popular winter flowering bloom and are nicknamed the 'Christmas' or 'Lenten' Rose as flowers can often be seen flourishing on Christmas Day, lifting the gloomiest of spaces. Although their delicate, blousy blooms are similar to that of a Rose, Helleborus are in fact a relation of the Buttercup family. 

It is known that ancient communities used parts of a Helleborus to create medicines for illness such as gout, paralysis and insanity.

It was later discovered that consuming large volumes of these medicines, or any mixture containing Helleborus were to be detrimental. These plants are highly toxic when ingested and people soon suffered from vertigo and swelling of the tongue and throat.

About Helleborus niger Praecox:

This species of Hellebore is the best known. This variety displays a sturdy and clump forming habit of glossy evergreen foliage that supports large, cup-shaped white flowers that are said to be particularly early to appear. Deer and rabbit resistant. 

Height and spread 35cm (14"). Fully hardy perennial. Supplied as young plants. 

Planting Guide:

Helleborus are best planted in moist, well-drained soil with a generous application of leaf mould at the time of planting. They are best placed in a position of dappled shade as this is where they will develop to optimum health and strength.
Flower Colour

Hardy Perennial


Dappled/Full Shade Loving, Flowers For Cutting/Drying, Ideal for Beginners, Pest Resistant, Suitable for Container

Flowering Time
Spring, Winter

Part Shade

35cm (14")

35cm (14")



Moist, well drained


Partial shade




Late winter to early spring

Additional Information

Apply mulch in July and December when flowers are forming to give the plants a boost in nutrients. Strong sunlight all day may discourage the plants from flowering. All parts may cause stomach upset if ingested. Contact with sap may cause skin allergies. Deer resistant. Propagate by division after flowering. Fully hardy perennial.

Delivery Date: 02 Nov 2018 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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