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Helleborus niger

Description: Though rarely in flower for Christmas, this winter flowering plant remains as one of the most popular Helebore with its pure white upward facing flowers each with a central boss of rich yellow stamens, heralding the move towards the end of winter.  The very dark green evergreen leaves are lobed in an unusual shape and provide a clean backdrop for the exquisite flowers which last for many weeks from January to April. A really beautiful flower. Clump forming and when established may self seed.

Uses: As with all Helleborus, lightly shaded borders or woodland settings are preferred.

Climate/Position: Ideal conditions are a partially shaded, sheltered spot.

Height/Spread: 45cm x 45cm

Soil Requirements: Slightly alkaline, (high pH)deep humus-rich free-draining is preferred.

Pruning: Older leaves can be removed in late winter to avoid distracting from the flowers or after flowering if the leaves are still in good condition.

Special Requirements: All parts of the plant cause severe discomfort if ingested and the sap may cause skin irritation.

Additional Interest: Can be found growing naturally throughout a wide span of Europe in mountain woods usually on limestone.