Helleborus × hybridus 'Double Ellen Picotee'
hellebore Double Ellen Picotee
- within 4 weeks
- 9cm pot
- Standard £4.95
This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: partial shade
- Soil: heavy, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Each creamy white petal is variably spotted, and edged with a deep plum-pink, thus creating delightful bi-coloured flowers, which appear in loose cymes. If left undisturbed in the border, the evergreen foliage will form dense, slowly expanding clumps.
- Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Cut the old leaves back down to the ground in January or February as this will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect. It will also help to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. 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. Cut off the seed heads to prevent inferior seedlings colonising.