Plants We Love – Lenten Rose



Helleborus orientalis (x hybridus), Lenten Rose

Hellebore flower buds emerging

Winter Color

The Lenten Rose or Helleborus orientalis(x hybridus) is a magical winter treasure.  This wonderful herbaceous perennial blooms and has color when not much else does in the late winter.  The Lenten Rose will offer your garden 8 – 10 weeks of color.  The first signs of color are when the blooms emerging till the flowers start to seed.

Attributes and culture

One of the Lenten Roses’ best attributes is that it is a shade lover and even one step better is that it is an evergreen too. The flowers on the Lenten Rose start emerging along with the new foliage that is coming up in February to replace the tired foliage from the year before.  The older foliage can be trimmed back at this point.

Golden LotusHybridizers are going all out with the Hellebores and there are many “series” as they call them.  Some examples of the different series are the Lady, Spring Promise, Winter Jewels and Winter Thrillers Series.  The fact that there are so many stains gives a fantastic selection of flowering gems.  Colors and flower form vary widely from pinks to whites, purples to greens, singles or doubles, petticoat style or picotee rimmed flowers.  Below is a list of a few but there are hundreds of varities that you can check out.

Deer Resistant

Additionally, the Lenten Rose is deer resistant which is a major plus for a lot of gardeners that have frequent four legged visitors.


  • Amethyst Gem –  double, purple flower
  • Golden Lotus – bright yellow – lime flowers that make any dark spot in your garden stand out
  • Onyx Odyssey – double black flowerTutu pic 1
  • Pink Lady- single white flowers with a blush of pink
  • Tutu – known for its bright pink red double flower


Key feature: Year Round Interest

Plant type:  Herbaceous perennial

Deciduous/evergreen: Evergreen

Cold hardiness zones: 4 -9

Light needs: Partial to full sun

Water Needs: Requires regular watering till established

Average landscape size: 1 – 2 feet

Growth habit: Upright ground cover

Special features: Deer Resistant

Landscape uses:  Winter interest, herbaceous planting

Flower color: Shades of pink, red, yellow and white

Flowering season:  Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage color: Dark Green