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Royal Heritage Hellebore

Helleborus 'Royal Heritage'

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Royal Heritage Hellebore (Helleborus 'Royal Heritage') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Helleborus 'Royal Heritage' flowers

Helleborus 'Royal Heritage' flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Lenten Rose, Winter Rose

Description:

A unique perennial that blooms in late winter and early spring; flowers range from white to lavender, purple, red, burgundy to near black, very showy plant is excellent for borders where protected from winter winds

Ornamental Features

Royal Heritage Hellebore features showy nodding purple cup-shaped flowers with white overtones and pink eyes at the ends of the stems from late winter to early spring. Its glossy oval compound leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Royal Heritage Hellebore is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Royal Heritage Hellebore is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Royal Heritage Hellebore will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features