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Thursday, 2 July 2015

FFF189 - HELLEBORE

Helleborus niger, commonly called Christmas rose or black hellebore, is an evergreen perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It is poisonous. Although the flowers resemble wild roses (and despite its common name), Christmas rose does not belong to the rose family (Rosaceae).

The plant is a traditional cottage garden favourite because it flowers in the depths of winter. Large-flowered cultivars are available, as are pink-flowered and double-flowered selections. It has been awarded an Award of Garden Merit (AGM). It can be difficult to grow well; acid soil is unsuitable, as are poor, dry conditions and full sun. Moist, humus-rich, alkaline soil in dappled shade is preferable. Leaf-mould can be dug in to improve heavy clay or light sandy soils; lime can be added to 'sweeten' acid soils.

The cultivar illustrated is Helleborus 'Anna's Red'. This beautiful variety has stunning deep flower colour. Deep magenta blooms which adorn the plant in winter and early spring, make this is one variety that is very popular. 'Anna's Red' is a vigorous grower with a tidy habit. Plant alongside our other varieties for maximum impact. Hellebores provide stunning results when mass planted in shady areas of the garden.

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21 comments:

  1. I like to see a christmasros in summertime .... Great capture!

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  2. Fantastic flowers! I've never seen this bloom before

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

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  3. A new one for me! Beautiful!

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  4. Wow, what a GORGEOUS Christmas rose with special colors♫♫♫ Thank you very much for sharing this beauty and hosting!
    Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  5. I like the color or the flowers.

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  6. I always called in Lenten rose. I don't have any that deep, such a pretty color!

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  7. Such a great color, Nick!
    So a loveley Flower in the garden ...

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  8. I like Helleborus, and this color is beautiful.
    /Marika

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  9. Nice color,lovely flowers, have a happy day, here weather very hot and no wind,best regard from Belgium
    http://louisette.eklablog.com

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  10. What a gorgeous shade of pink! Happy weekend to you. :)

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  11. Gorgeous capture. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. hi Nick,
    I love these flowers.....
    and the colour so lovely....
    Have a nice weekend
    Jen

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  13. Hello,
    what a wonderful macro, what a wonderful color and details!
    I wish you a nice weekend,
    moni

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  14. How beautiful !!!! Always nice to visit your blog !!
    Greetings

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  15. Fantastic shot of a gorgeous flower

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  16. A beautiful flower! Many thanks for your visit(s).
    Kind regards,
    Annie

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  17. Sorry I'm late in posting this week. What a beautiful variety of hellebore. I want one.

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  18. A new blossom... I've never seen it before, but it looks so amazing from up close... with a "yellow embroidery" in the middle of petals... All the best!

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