Pink Spotted Lady Lenten Rose
Salmon-Pink Blooms with Crimson Red Centers
Lenten Rose "Pink Spotted Lady" is popular with gardeners because...
● it blooms early in spring
● it grows well in shade
● of its bright red freckles
Early Spring Freckles
For an unusual look to your early spring garden, plant Lenten Rose 'Pink Spotted Lady' where it can be seen from your house. The salmon-pink blooms of Pink Spotted Lady add a welcome touch of bright color to a late winter / early spring yard, but it's the crimson freckles in the center of the blooms that give this plant its eye-catching appearance. The blooms are 2 to 3 inches across, large enough to provide a strong visual and textural contrast to the dark green, coarsely edged leaves. Even after the flowers fade in mid spring, the foliage remains.
Perfect for Shady Areas
Lenten Rose 'Pink Spotted Lady' does double duty, providing color in a dreary time of year and also in the shadier parts of the garden. Thriving in full shade to part shade, Pink Spotted Lady does best in moderately shaded areas. Moderation continues in soil conditions too, as this plant grows well in neutral, acidic or chalky soil of average moisture as long as it's well-drained.
Beyond creating a rich, organic soil for Lenten Rose 'Pink Spotted Lady' and ensuring that the soil stays moist, there's not much to do except enjoy its brilliant blooms. Removing the old leaves in late winter makes the blooms more visible in the spring.
Lenten Rose 'Pink Spotted Lady' is a popular flower in Europe and adds a touch of glamor to any garden. Plant it on its own, in a group for a mass of early pink hues, or highlight its crimson freckles by planting it alongside dark red, similarly early-blooming plants, such as Lenten Rose 'Red Lady'. 'Pink Spotted Lady' makes for long-lasting cut flowers so you can bring its brightness into your home.
Though Lenten Roses (Helleborus) grow equally well in the North or the South, they do require dappled to full shade. They tolerate drought quite well and will grow in most any soil type, from sandy soil to heavy clay. Of course, as with most perennials, they will grow most lushly if given a rich soil with plenty of organic matter for good drainage. Since this is a long-lived plant, it takes a year or two to become fully established, but will reward your patience with years of enjoyment.