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Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus

Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus
Synonym(s) Helleborus argutifolius
Common name Corsican hellebore
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers green
Size 2'
Light sun-shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed sow fresh seed as it ripens in summer, or sow older seed in late fall or winter, to germinate the second spring.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly July

Wonderful plant - very attractive cut dark-green foliage, with green flowers in mid-spring that last for quite a while. We grew our original plants from seed many years ago, and the main plant is still alive. A few years ago, we picked up another hellebore, probably 'Silver Lace', from a nursery. It's also got argutifolius blood running through its veins, but has a different habit and leaf coloration. We haven't seen it bloom yet.

Corsican hellebore
By late November, some perennials have colorful fall foliage - but very few sport glossy green foliage quite as fresh-looking as this
Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus
Just as nice in January
Corsican hellebore
'Silver Lace'
Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus
'Silver Lace' in bloom
Corsican hellebore
'Pacific Frost'

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 garden. Pot sown outside 12/24/05; 8 seedlings by 5/17/06
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 65F (7w) - 35F (7w; 83%G in 7th wk) - 70F (17%G, 0-3d)
  3. Seed for 'Pacific Frost' from HPS/MAG '08/'09 exchange. Baggy 70F (6w) - 35F (10w; 84%G, 9-10w)

As hellebores go, this one is a bit easier from seed than most.

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