Helleborus argutifolius

Corsican hellebore

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Outstanding Qualities

The Corsican hellebore, the largest of the species hellebores, was selected for its late winter bloom and ease of care. In late winter and early spring, look for creamy, pale green flowers peering above the leathery, evergreen foliage.Helleborus argutifolius is best used as a specimen plant. An evergreen perennial, it has handsome tripartite foliage, or leaves divided into three leaflets. Use it in combination with the brown sedges such as Carex comans and the blue-leaved hebes for a Mediterranean looking planting. Old flowering stems should be removed to the base as they fade to make room for new growth.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, dark green, variegated

Great Color Partners: cream, blue, silver

Culture Notes
This hellebore is tough and long lived if left undisturbed. It will grow best in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers a well drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay if drainage is adequate. Once established it is fully drought tolerant. Use minimal fertilizer to keep plants from flopping as they mature. New growth will appear at the base in late winter. Once the flowers have faded in April cut the flowering stems to the ground being careful not to damage the new growth.