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Harlequin Gem Hellebore

Helleborus 'Harlequin Gem'

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Harlequin Gem Hellebore (Helleborus 'Harlequin Gem') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Helleborus 'Harlequin Gem' flowers

Helleborus 'Harlequin Gem' flowers

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Lenten Rose, Winter Rose

Group/Class:  Winter Jewels Series

Description:

Large dangling buttercup-type double fuchsia are pale yellow bicolor blooms with chartreuse centers; color varies; one of the first flowers to come up in cool weather and what a beautiful harbinger they are; great in woodland gardens and on shaded slopes

Ornamental Features

Harlequin Gem Hellebore features showy nodding fuchsia cup-shaped flowers with buttery yellow overtones, chartreuse eyes and fuchsia edges 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

Harlequin Gem 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.

Harlequin Gem Hellebore is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Harlequin Gem Hellebore will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features