Plants: Helleborus 'HGC Goldmarie'® - hellebore, Lenten rose

Posted by 17.10. 2017 17:05:49 (130 readers)

Hellebore (Lenten rose) is not a new plant to Czech and Slovak gardens. I remember those flowering stems that surprisingly pushed through the snow in late winter and I kept asking grandma how come that a plant can flower while there is still snow on the ground. These evergreen perennials are still very popular, mainly thanks to newly hybridized varieties with fantastic flowers. German nursery Heuger has been breeding Lenten roses since 1950’s. No wonder they are considered to be the top producers of these beautiful plants in Europe. Their Helleborus Gold Collection® (HGC) is a trade mark for the best inventions in the field of hybrid hellebores.

Helleborus 'HGC Goldmarie'® - hellebore, Lenten rose

Looking at this hellebore variety you must think of pure beauty. Its name is Goldmarie® and it makes large, snow white flowers with a crown of yellow stamens. They open atop short stems (10-15 cm only) early in the season, and what’s more, if the beginning of winter is mild the first flowers come out yet before Christmas, confirming the old name Christmas Rose. Evergreen leaves are leathery, palmate and very dark green.

Hellebore likes heavy, evenly moist, neutral to alkaline, rich in humus soil in dappled shade or filtered sun. This hybrid will prefer at least half a day with direct sunlight. Fertilizing will increase flowering and help the leaves remain strong and nice throughout the winter. Grow it somewhere near your house entrance or close to the window you look out of frequently so that you can enjoy the plant when it starts flowering since at that time the weather outside is not yet ideal for walking around the garden. The flowers can cheer up a number of grey and dull days of late winter therefore thumbs up for hellebore! Harmful if eaten. Hardy to about -27°C (USDA zone 5).

Size/type: low or groundcovering
Usual height: 0.1-0.2m
Usual width: 0.3-0.4m
Leaves: evergreen broadleaf
Colour of leaves: green
Flowers: showy
Colour of flowers: white
Blooming time: december - march
Location: semi-shade to shade
Usda zone (lowest): 5 (down to -29°c)
Belongs to categories: perennials, evergreen broadleaf, winter blooms
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