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Helleborus niger

Helleborus niger
Christmas rose
Flowers fade to a dusky rose
Common name Christmas rose
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white
Size 1 ft
Light full sun- part shade
Seed ripenslate June

White flowers in early spring, often when snow still covers the ground. Deep forest-green heavy textured evergreen foliage with a smooth surface. We grew this from seed collected in summer '01. Germination occurred the following winter, and a few plants had a flower or two by spring '03. The plants are still small a year later, when the photos on this page were taken. In late March, the flowers are bright white - by mid-April, they have taken on a rosier shade.

Helleborus niger
March 2005: most abundant display yet
Christmas rose
The buds are pushing through in mid-January...
Helleborus niger
...and blooming at the tail end of winter, with flowers obviously a bit battered by the long winter's wait
Christmas rose
Even rosier in April 2007

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

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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