In the Pacific Northwest, Helleborus is considered a late-winter and early-spring flowering perennial. It’s only November, but my Hellebore (Helleborus niger) has already started blooming. Wonderful! When most of the perennials quit for the winter, any new flowers are welcome. They provide a smooth transition to a new season. Even during winter, when other plants are dormant, there will be flowers in my garden!
This plant proves to be true to its other name, ‘Christmas Rose’.
After checking the pictures, I realized that I was not the only one excited about new blooms. Look who is here!
Maybe, most of the slugs prepared for the cold season, but not this one. Fresh sweet juice of the young blossom – what a treat! Another version of The Beauty and the Beast?
Lesson learned: peek under your flowers skirts once in a while! Now, it looks better.
In January, the whole plant will be covered in blooms. Attractive big leaves will stay dark green through the winter but will be cut back to give room for new growth. My previous post about this plant and its pictures in January 2010 are here: January Buds and Blooms
Hellebore in January
I find Hellebores.org to be a good source of information about Helleborus. They have a beautiful gallery of H. flowers pictures.
Copyright 2010 TatyanaS