Helleborus foetidus

stinking hellebore

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Outstanding Qualities

Helleborus foetidus is a carefree perennial noted for its bell-shaped, pale green flowers that open in mid-November and last until late spring. Its lacy, narrow leaves remains dark, rich green year-round. This striking plant is easy to grow and is drought tolerant once established.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: green

Sun/Light Exposure: light to deep 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 tough hellebore will grow in light to deep shade. It prefers a moist to well drained soil, but will tolerate sand or clay. Once established it is fully drought tolerant, although it does appreciate occasional watering during dry weather. New growth will appear at the base in late winter. This is a short lived perennial. It is best to allow the flowers to go to seed and cut back the faded flowering stems in late May to early June being careful not to damage the new growth.