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Frostkiss® Dorothy’s Dawn Hellebore

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Large, forward facing, cup shaped blooms in shades of pink with touches of creamy white; strong dark red stems are good for cutting; blooms emerge in late winter and early spring above attractive leathery dark green foliage with cream veins. Also known as Lenten Rose.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Helleborus
Cultivar:
Dorothy's Dawn
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Period:
from late winter to early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Lenten Rose, Winter Rose
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Spacing:
18 inches
Flower Bicolor:
rose
Flower Form:
cup

Ornamental Features

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore features showy nodding pink cup-shaped flowers with rose overtones at the ends of the stems from late winter to early spring. Its glossy oval compound leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in color with distinctive creamy white veins the rest of the year. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. This plant should not require much in the way of fertilizing once established, although it may appreciate a shot of general-purpose fertilizer from time to time early in the growing season. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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