Plant facts

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HELLEBORUS

Christmas Roses, Snow Roses and Lenten Roses are some of the names used to denote Helleborus species. Common names such Lion's Foot or Oracle Rose indicate that the genus Helleborus has a long history in Europe.

The distribution of the Helleborus genus is limited to the northern hemisphere, including Europe and Asia. Helleborus species are most highly concentrated along the Mediterranean Sea, but also along the coastlines of the Black Sea. Helleborus flowers are a botanical exception. Unlike the blooms of most other flowering plants, hellebore flowers do not consist of the usual petals, but rather of sepals.

The charming blooms in the gloom of winter have fascinated people and inspired many a poet.

All parts of the plant are toxic and not suitable for consumption. Sensitive individuals should always wear gloves when handling the plant.

Planting and care Planting and care

Christmas Roses, Snow Roses and Lenten Roses all happily grow and thrive well without requiring a great deal of maintenance if planted in the right spot. They do not like being transplanted and want the soil to be left undisturbed.

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Plant health Plant health

Hellebores are by nature very resilient plants. Nevertheless, they can be affected by a small number of pests and diseases.

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Botany Botany

Botanically speaking, Helleborus flowers are very special. Unlike the blooms of most other flowering plants, they do not consist of petals.

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