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Helleborus Orientalis (Lenten Rose)
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Helleborus Orientalis (Lenten Rose)

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Growing Zones: 4-9
Growing Zones: 4-9
Mature Height: 12-18 inches
Mature Width: 12-18 inches
Sunlight: Full to Partial Shade
Blooms: Late Winter / Early Spring
Spacing: 18 inches
Botanical: Helleborus orientalis
Cannot Ship to: AZ

An Award-Winning Early-Blooming Perennial

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) is not a true rose, but is so-named to reflect its flowers' resemblance to single-flowering roses. Evergreen plants are covered in cup-shaped blooms that enliven the late-winter to early-spring garden before most flowers haven't yet awakened from their winter's nap. Here's a true winner for your garden -- evidenced by the host of attributes that earned Lenten Rose the coveted Perennial Plant of the Year award in 2005!

Hard-to-Find Foliage/Flower Combination
1. Long-lasting flowers. Flowers resemble nodding buttercups because Lenten Rose is in the buttercup plant family (Ranunculaceae). The colors include shades of white, pink, rose and purple. Typically, the flowers open in shades of white or greenish-white and change to deeper colors. Lenten Rose has a long bloom season -- flowers remain on the plants for up to two months.

Shade-tolerant. Plants are not only adapted to shady locations, but they thrive in low-light garden spots.

Deer-resistant. Lenten Rose is not a favorite of deer -- they pass by these plants and leave them undamaged.

Find the Perfect Spot
Lenten Rose is an outstanding performer in your shade garden. Use it in the transition zone between a sunny yard and a wooded area, where it's also at home in the woodland garden. You can even incorporate Lenten Rose into your cottage garden, where it is sure to be one of the earliest-blooming plants!

Simple Care with Outstanding Results
Lenten Rose requires little care for adding big value to your garden:

Sun. Filtered sun or shade is best.

Soil. Rich soil that's amended with organic matter, such as compost, is ideal.

Water. Slightly moist is optimal, although Lenten Rose can handle slightly dry conditions. An exception is new plants that need to be watered regularly to keep the soil moist, which supports their newly developing root system.

Fertilizer. Plants typically have low fertilization needs, but they benefit from a light application of a controlled-released fertilizer in spring.

Pruning. You won't need to prune Lenten Rose to keep the plants flowering each year, but if you remove the large, older leaves in late winter, you'll be able to see more of the flowers.

Weeding. Lenten rose will re-seed (without becoming invasive), producing tiny plants around the parent plants. Be careful when pulling weeds so you don't remove these seedlings. They'll grow slowly, sometimes taking three years to produce flowers, but the result is a thicker, fuller garden area with an abundance of blooms.

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