Plant Picks: Corsican hellebore

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014 4:25pm
  • Life

WHAT: The Corsican hellebore, the largest of the species hellebores, was selected for its late winter bloom and ease of care.

In late winter and early spring, look for creamy, pale green flowers peering above the leathery, evergreen foliage.

WHY: Helleborus argutifolius is best used as a specimen plant. An evergreen perennial, it has handsome tripartite foliage, or leaves divided into three leaflets.

WHERE: It will grow best in full sun to light or open shade.

It prefers a well drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay if drainage is adequate.

Once established it is fully drought tolerant. Use minimal fertilizer to keep plants from flopping as they mature.

Old flowering stems should be removed to the base as they fade to make room for new growth.

SIZE: This hellebore grows to about 3 feet high and spreads to about 5 feet wide.


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