Now that the plants in my garden have decided it is spring, I thought it would be nice to highlight one plant a week from my garden (zone 7a). To start this series off I would like to begin with the Hellabore.
Hellabore (Hellaborus, Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose)
Type: Perennial (Zones 4-9)
Light Requirements: Part Sun to Shade
Moisture: Moist to wet soil (prefer a well-drained soil)
Blooms: Early spring through end of spring. Comes in a variety of colors from white, to pink, to dark purple
Leaves: Stays green all year for me
Pros: Deer and rabbit resistant. Long flowering season (mine bloomed for about 4 months last spring)
Cons: They are fairly slow growing. I haven’t had any luck growing from seed or planting small seedlings. Larger plants tend to be a bit pricy (but at least you are getting a nice long bloom season)
Division: You can divide these as the clumps get larger (either after blooming or in the fall).
I planted mine about 4 years ago. They are doing quite well and have expanded to make a nice little patch. The one thing I learned about them recently is that you should remove last years leaves just as it is starting to bloom. I did that last weekend and it made a big improvement. The new stalks are standing tall today!