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.
Also, please know that I do grow other hellebore species and hybrids. H. dumetorum starts flowering earlier than my others, and its seedlings seem to come true here. I don’t know how likely it is to cross with others, but I just want to be honest that there is a possibility.
Please read the Germination Information section of this listing before placing an order for these seeds.
Collected in late May and early June 2022. Each packet contains at least 10 seeds. Very limited quantity; 1 packet per person.