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PLANT INFORMATION:

The hellebore Orientalis, commonly known as the Lenten rose, is an evergreen, late-winter early-spring flowering member of the buttercup family.  so it's not really a rose at all.  It gets its name because they usually bloom during Lent and they display various beautiful rosey colors in their blooms. They grow hardy in Zones 4 to 9 and can survive in Zone 3 winters.

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THEIR FLOWER PEDELS HANG DOWNWARD, LIKE THOSE OF A BUTTER CUP.  FLOWER COLORS OF H.ORIENTALIS RANGE FROM PURE WHITE TO A DEEP PLUM, WITH IN-BETWEEN SHADES OF PINK, ROSE AND MAGENTA. FLOWERS OFTEN SHOW INTRICATE CONTRASTING SPOTS ON THE INSIDE OF EACH CUP-SHAPED BLOOM.

MATURE PLANTS FORM CLUMPS ABOUT 16 TO 18 INCHES TALL AND 24 TO 36 INCHES IN DIAMETER.  THEIR LONG LASTING BLOOMS COME IN MANY COLORS RANGING FROM WHITE TO DEEP PLUMB.  IN MATURE TROPHY SIZE PLANTS LIKE THE ONES SEEN ABOVE (8+ YEARS OLD) YOU CAN EXPECT AS MANY AS 100 OR MORE FLOWERS PER PLANT.

THE PLANTS HAVE THICK AND STURDY SERRATED LEAVES, ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMER, ACTING AS COARSE LEATHERY UMBRELLAS TO SHADE AND PROTECT THE SEEDS AFTER THEY HAVE FALLEN FROM THEIR FLOWERS.  WHEN THE PLANTS ARE NOT FLOWERING THEIR LEAVES ADD A BEAUTIFUL GROUND COVER TEXTURE TO THE SHADE GARDEN, AND CREATE A PERFECT BACKDROP FOR BULBS AND OTHER SHADE PERENNIALS.  THE LENTEN ROSE IS A GREAT HELLEBORE FOR BEGINNERS. IT IS A HARDY, SLOW GROWING, EARLY BLOOMING, DROUGHT TOLERANT SHADE PERENNIAL & IT'S DEER PROOF.

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NOTES ON CONTAINER GROWING

For those of you who are container gardeners, Lenten Roses make fine outdoor container plants...down here in NE Ga where the winters are fairly mild.  They prefer outdoors to indoor house plants.  The plants in the photo below were grown outdoors from seedlings under regular irrigation.   The top picture BELOW, are full gallons, the BOTTOM PHOTO, are 3 gallons.   The pictures were taken in year 5.  Athens, Ga.

Remember, first be patient, Lenten Roses are very slow growing perennials.  They take 4 year to mature before they flower for the first time.  

 If you want them to grow large IN CONTAINERS, grow them in large containers.  The containers in the photo with the hat are 3 gallon and as you can see in another year they would want an even larger container.  Honestly, these aren't really ment to live their whole life as container plants.  You can grow them in containers but remember this.  Healthy Lenten Roses want to grow to trophy size, about 3 feet in diameter IN ABOUT 6 YEARS ALL IN, and the root system of the hellebore mirrors the top foliage ploom.  So to grow to full size they'll need a container WELL, 3 feet in diameter.  

Keep your potting soil moist.  Lenten Roses love water. the pictures below are containers from my nursery and at the nursery, especially in the summer, these plant would get 8-15 minutes under sprinkler irrigation every day.  so for best results, container plants should stay pretty moist, especially if you use well drained bagged potting soil.  

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A NOTE TO MY NORTHERN CUSTOMERS: during the snowy, freezing winter months After receiving their plants, some of my Northern customers, temporarily house their new plants in containers, waiting for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw.  My advise here is to use the soil, FOR YOUR CONTAINERs, from the garden bed that you will be planting too and make sure, WHILE THEY WAIT IN THEIR TEMPORARY HOUSING, that
 they get adequate WATER .

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If you order while our garden is in bloom we can pick colors at your request, however 'pure white' and 'deep burgundy' orders are limited and carry a 50% premium. Otherwise, we offer our
TRADITIONAL cottage variety™
RANDOM 
color selection

 
SHIPPING AND PLANTING INFORMATION:

Your Lenten Roses are shipped to you via USPS Priority Mail.  In most cases, you will receive them within 2-3 days.  Our shipping day is Monday through most of the year.  During the flowering season our order volume picks up and we SHIP MONDAY & TUESDAY.  place your order now.... we ship sequentially.  LET US KNOW if your order is A GIFT OR BIRTHDAY PRESENT.  WE WILL WRITE your NOTE ON THE BOX :-) 

After you receive them, gently rinse the foliage and roots and plant them in a shady or filtered-sun areas of your garden.  Keep moist, but not soggy FOR SEVERAL MONTHS WHILE THEY GET ACQUAINTED WITH THEIR NEW HOME, then water as needed. Remember to allow 24 TO 36 inches between each plant FOR TROPHY SIZE GROWTH.  be patient.  Lenten Roses are slow growing perennials and WILL TAKE several months to get settled and a few years to fill out.  Enjoy.


Is the hellebore toxic?

THE COMMON NAME OF OUR HERO PLANT IS THE LENTEN ROSE.

   THE BOTANICAL NAME OF THE LENTEN ROSE IS 
HELLEBORUS ORIENTALIS.  TRADITIONALLY THEY COME IN RANDOM COLORS RANGING FROM WHITE TO PLUMB AND INDEED, h.ORIENTALIS IS THE MOTHER OF ALL NAMED HELLEBORE HYBRIDS 

THEY COME IN RANDOM COLORS RANGING FROM WHITE TO PLUMB IN A UNIQUE SYMPHONY OF VARIATION,    I CALL WHAT WE GROW -  A TRADITIONAL COTTAGE VARIETY 
  h.ORIENTALIS IS THE MOTHER OF ALL NAMED HELLEBORE HYBRIDS 

To the toxicity of the plant:  It is true, sort of.


In my early Lenten Rose days (20+ years ago) I looked into it pretty extensively.  I found everything from folk lore to an academic paper written at a major west coast University. 

To the toxicity of the plant:  It is true, sort of.


In my early Lenten Rose days (20+ years ago) I looked into it pretty extensively.  I found everything from folk lore to an academic paper written at a major west coast University. 


Starting with the folk lore, it has been said that Alexander the Great died from an over dose of Hellebore. In the days before modern medicine the hellebore tincture was a staple in every good Apothecary's bag.  Loosely translated Helleborus means 'food of the Beast'.  So indeed there was a medicinal value to the hellebore plant and like many medicines, used improperly they can be toxic. I think the hellebore remedy was used to treat anxiety and stress related illness but its hard to find homeopathic information in today's pharmacological world. Ugh.


Starting with the folk lore, it has been said that Alexander the Great died from an over dose of Hellebore. In the days before modern medicine the hellebore tincture was a staple in every good Apothecary's bag.  Loosely translated Helleborus means 'food of the Beast'.  So indeed there was a medicinal value to the hellebore plant and like many medicines, used improperly they can be toxic. I think the hellebore remedy was used to treat anxiety and stress related illness but its hard to find homeopathic information in today's pharmacological world. Ugh.


The academic study I read talk about how several cattle from a mans herd had died along their fence line. Their belly's were severely swollen. Investigation revealed that they had eaten hellebore plants.

The academic study I read talk about how several cattle from a mans herd had died along their fence line. Their belly's were severely swollen. Investigation revealed that they had eaten hellebore plants.


From my own experience, and what may alert, even alarm, some people/gardeners is the affect that the tough serrated leaves can have on your skin. After the flowers drop their seeds in the early summer, the growth of new foliage that follows, which is designed to lovingly protect and shade the fallen seeds throughout the summer and early fall months, becomes very serrated and quite prickly.  I know because during our seed harvest we spend a lot of time with our hands ruffling through our plants in search of mature seed and boy, if you are not wearing long sleeves your forearms will be dotted with little prickle marks - it's kind of creepy if you don't realize it's happening but there is no toxic affect. None.


From my own experience, and what may alert, even alarm, some people/gardeners is the affect that the tough serrated leaves can have on your skin. After the flowers drop their seeds in the early summer, the growth of new foliage that follows, which is designed to lovingly protect and shade the fallen seeds throughout the summer and early fall months, becomes very serrated and quite prickly.  I know because during our seed harvest we spend a lot of time with our hands ruffling through our plants in search of mature seed and boy, if you are not wearing long sleeves your forearms will be dotted with little prickle marks - it's kind of creepy if you don't realize it's happening but there is no toxic affect. None.


SO, THE TAKE AWAY IS, I WOULD NOT EAT THE PLANT.  THAT WILL PROBABLY MAKE YOU VERY SICK. BUT WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO EAT THIS PLANT?  AND, THE LEAVES WILL PRICKLE YOU BUT THAT WON'T MAKE YOU SICK

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I'VE GROWN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT AS BEAUTIFUL AS THEY ARE, I HAVE NEVER BEEN TEMPTED TO EAT ONE OR FOR THAT MATTER, RAISE ANIMALS THAT GRAZE.


Happy Gardening!


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