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Helleborus hybrid
Helleborus hybrid

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Zone
Zones 2B, 3-10, 14-24, 31-41
Partial SunNo Sun
Partial, Shade
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
All parts are poisonous if ingested.

Helleborus x hybridus

Ranunculaceae
Evergreen, Perennials

HELLEBORUS

Distinctive, long-lived plants that add color to the garden for several months in winter and spring, hellebores are also appreciated for their attractive foliage. Each leaf consists of a long leafstalk ending in large, leathery leaflets grouped together like fingers on an outstretched hand. Flowers are usually shaped like cups or bells (those of Helleborus niger are saucer shaped), either outward facing or drooping; they consist of a ring of petal-like sepals ranging in color from white and green through pink and red to deep purple (rarely yellow). Flowers of all hellebores persist beyond the bloom periods listed, gradually turning green.

Helleborus x hybridus

Leaves have no obvious stems. These hybrid plants generally resemble the principal parent, H. orientalis, but the flower color range has been extended and superior parents selected for seed production. Some are sold under the breeder’s name, such as Ballard’s Group, which has flowers in several colors. Others are sold as color strains, such as Sunshine Selections (white, pink, yellow, or red flowers), Royal Heritage strain (pink, purple, maroon, or white blooms), and Winter Queen mix (white, pink, maroon, or spotted flowers). Others are grouped according to form, such as Party Dress Group, which has double flowers

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