Hybrid Lenten roses (Helleborus x hybridus), also known as hybrid hellebores or Orientalis Hybrids (or incorrectly as H. orientalis), are long-lived perennials that typically reach 12 to 18 inches tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. They flower in late winter to mid-spring, then send up rich green, palmate foliage that remains evergreen through winter in most areas. The plants tend to be deer-resistant but are not deer-proof. Though Lenten roses are commonly thought of as shade plants, they can perform well with some sun too, particularly in Zone 7 and north, as long as the soil isn’t too dry. USDA Hardiness Zone 5 (possibly 4) to 9.
It takes Lenten rose plants several years to reach flowering size from seed. But once they start blooming, they are likely to self-sow, making it easy to expand your collection over the following years, either by collecting the seeds and scattering them in new areas or by allowing the seeds to drop and transplanting the seedlings that appear the following spring. If you don’t need more plants, cut off the flowering stems once the blooms are past their prime: that will make the clumps look tidier and prevent unwanted seedlings.
I collected these seeds on May 27, 2021, from my collection of many dozens of plants. The resulting seedlings will have a range of typical Lenten rose colors (primarily burgundy-reds, pinks, and white); may be spotted or solid-colored; and are most likely to be single-flowered. There also seem to be some variegated genetics in my stock, occasionally producing splash-type markings on the foliage. I usually find a half-dozen or so variegated seedlings each year, and you too may get lucky. The photos here feature some flowers and plants in my collection but are shown as representations only. I cannot guarantee any particular colors, shapes, or other flower features.
PLEASE read the Germination Information section of this listing before placing an order for these seeds!
Each packet contains at least 20 seeds.