Hellebore (commonly referred to as Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose) is a winter hardy shade perennial perfect for a woodland garden. This evergreen plant provides beautiful rose-like blooms at a time when other plants’ blooms are scarce.
Hellebores are native to Europe and western Asia and consist of approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae. Hellebores are great because it is low maintenance and provides winter interest when other flowers are not in bloom. Hellebore plants (Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose) are perfect for a shade garden. This double flower plant blooms in any color out there, including the black shade that we offer.
The Best Way to Use Hellebore
Hellebores are a low growing plant (12-18 inches high) and are great when planted on slopes and hillsides. Hellebore foliage is evergreen and forms a low clump with leaves that are lobed and palm-like. The flowers resemble roses in shape. Flower stems shoot up above the foliage but nod under the weight of the flowers, which tend to bloom face down. It grows nicely in raised beds or along walkways as long as the area has partial shade and the soil is well draining. Hellebore plants are winter hardy and grow in zones 3-9. Pest and deer resistant, this plant is one of the first to bloom in early spring.
Use in a shade garden area
Blooms in late winter, early spring
Available in almost any color
Typically grows 12-18 inches high
Growing zones 3 to 9
Hellebore Companion Plants
Plants that go well with Hellebore are others that prefer light shade. Here are our favorite plants to grow with Lenten Roses.