|Mid-november: flowers are starting to form |
Supposed to bloom winter through early spring, sometimes purple-margined greenish-white flowers over dark foliage. Ours don't reach full bloom until late April. We grew a few in our side garden several years ago, and were disappointed to see them disappear. To my surprise, two or three years later seedlings began to appear, in quite a wide radius around the original plants. So we're once again well supplied! Meanwhile, the side garden has become shadier, so the condition are actually better for growing this hellebore.
||stinking hellebore, bear's-paw hellebore
||ordinary garden soil (not too dry)
|Looking none too shabby in January |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Banana Joe||Feb 21, 2010||I have these plants all throughout my gardens. I love them!|
|Pam||May 07, 2012||I got this plant given to me by a friend a few years ago, maybe 3, here in NJ. She did not know what it was. Nothing ever happened, no flowers, hardly any growth. Wondered if it was a sort of Lupine, having the leaves similar. Then this year in February I got quite a few new sets of leaves and shoots and those strange green flowers on them. Now I know what it is. So different. Wonder if they bloom every year?? Thanks for helping to identify it. |
|woodyplants||Apr 12, 2013||How do you maintain the Bear Paws? Are you supposed to cut off the flowers at a certain time or just let it die back? I have some plants that are huge and they flower all the time. Is there some type of cleanup necessary like with the other types of helleborus?|
I'd be mainly concerned with appearance – when the flowers are no longer attractive, cut them back. Other than that, little maintenance is required.
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