Helleborus dumetorum isn’t one of the showiest hellebores, but it’s worth growing if you appreciate subtle beauty. This uncommon species is also an excellent addition to a collection if you enjoy exploring the variety of traits this genus has to offer.
I raised my plants from seed I purchased from Will McLewin many years ago. As shown in one of the photos here, they tend to emerge with near-black leaves (which soon turn green), but I don’t know if this trait will carry through the seeds. The slow-growing plants reach about 8 inches tall and bloom in late winter to mid-spring, with small (1-inch) green flowers. Unlike most hellebores, H. dumetorum is deciduous. It is also more decidedly a shade-lover, so keep that in mind when siting it. It is reportedly hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.
I collected these seeds in the last week of May 2020. Each packet contains at least 12 seeds.