History of the Hellebore:
Helleborus are often better known as the 'Christmas' or 'Lenten' Rose as they flower profusely whilst other blooms slumber. Subject to their common name, Helleborus are in fact part of the Buttercup family.
During ancient times, Hellebore's were vital to form medicines that would aid in the cure of ailments such as gout, paralysis and insanity.
However, it was found that these plants are highly poisonous and if ingested in large volumes, would cause some quite nasty symptoms such as vertigo and would often lead to swelling of the tongue and throat.
Helleborus are the ideal plants for shade and will thrive if kept in a sheltered area of the garden. Plant in soil that is well-draining, ensuring that it is watered thoroughly and kept moist throughout the growing season. Mulch with leaf mould to retain moisture levels and increase soil fertility.
This Helleborus Collection consists of;
Double Ellen Picotee
Double Ellen Pink
Double Ellen White
Double Ellen Yellow
Double Ellen Red Splash
Height and spread 35cm (14"). Fully hardy perennial. Supplied as young plants.