Helleborus is the name of a nice flower that blooms in Winter. "Christmas Rose" is another name for it but not all of the 15 Helleborus species are Christmas Roses.
It' s not so easy to know the name of a Helleborus species, because the plant is extremely diversified in reproduction among different species and colors.
If you have room enough in your garden, go ahead and plant two species (for example purpurescens and orientalis) or one species in varying colors. Your surprise can be great if you have in a couple of years flowers with new colors and drawings.
Helleborus orientalis Hybrids are green in Winter. Helleborus purpurescens has its leaves only in Summer.
When it' s warm - watch out for snails.
Now I' d like to explain the differences between a white Helleborus (above) and the classic Christmas Rose (below). The Helleborus niger or Christmas Rose has a more shallow blossom the stalk is red and without hairs, and there are leaves in Winter together with the blossoms and - very important - it blooms very early in Winter, often already at Christmas. Can you see the differences in the picture above?
Helleborus looks with its blossoms towards the ground, so it' s advantageous, to plant it at a higher place. Most of the Helleborus species need calcareous soil.
In several years you will have beautiful groups in different colors. My Helleborus groups are growing at the highest point of my brook hill. And when I kneel down in front of my beauties I can take pictures of the wonderful blossoms.
Let' s talk about the Helleborus foetidus. This plant is higher, bushier and everything is green. Only the blossoms which look like little bells have a small red border below. The leaves smells pretty unpleasant.
Normally, I would tell you now something about the history and origin of this plant but I saw Regina in 'mycountryrosegarden' already explained this in a perfect way. So if you want to know something more about the Helleborus visit Regina' s blog. Another post with wonderful pictures of Helleborus is in the blog 'Habseligkeiten' of Heidi.
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