Helleborus × ericsmithii 'Winter Moonbeam (PBR)'
- 2 litre pot
- available to order from spring
- Standard £5.95
- Position: Partial shade
- Soil: Neutral to alkaline, freely draining soil
- Rate of growth: Average
- Flowering period: December to April
- Hardiness: Fully hardy
'Moonbeam' is a hellebore noted for its ability to produce an abundance of variable white/cream flowers over a prolonged period from mid-winter to mid-spring. Once established, it is tolerant of dry shade, so it is an ideal woodlander, and is perfect for underplanting deciduous trees and shrubs, where it will provide low-growing, early interest before the overhead canopy of leaves emerge. Plant it with ferns, hostas and early flowering bulbs to complete the effect.
Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring.
- Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten; skin irritant