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Helleborus 'Winter Sunshine'

Lenten Rose

Plant Type: Perennial
MORNING sun/AFTERNOON shade to FULL shade

This first year blooming hellebore from tissue culture is consicered consider to be an improvement over Helleborus IVORY PRINCE.

This newer selection exhibits stronger flower coloration, larger blossoms, and a vigorous growth rate compared to the former. It forms a compact, upright mound of large, thick, deep green, glossy leaves held on dark purple petioles.

Very large 3-4”, outward facing flowers emerge from mauve purple buds held on dark purple stems. Their fronts are ivory with a hint of light green and the backs are ivory with a heavy flush of rose. As the flowers mature, they take on strong rosy red tones.

This cultivar flowers freely for several months beginning very early in the growing season. About 10 flowers constitute each cluster. A minimum of 85% of these plants will bloom the first year.

Hellebores are the harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter. They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose. This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where its extensive root system will spread as far as it is allowed.


Height

12-16"

Spread

18"

Growth Habit

FILLER (mounded)

Landscape Application:

Group or mass under trees and woodland gardens where flowers can be viewed in early spring.

Helleborus 'Winter Sunshine' Plant Care:

Remove tattered winter foliage in early spring. Prefers rich, moist, well drained soils and wind protection.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Lenten Rose Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest

EARLY (March-April), MIDSEASON (May-June)

Early Season (March - April)
Soil Moisture Needs

Moderate soil moisture.

Moderate
Special Benefits
Cut Flower / or Foliage
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant

Lenten Rose Additional Information

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