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Ivory Prince Hellebore

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Large dangling buttercup-type flowers of ivory streaked with rose and chartreuse emerge in late winter and spring, one of the first flowers to come up in cool weather and what a beautiful harbinger they are; great in woodland gardens and on shaded slopes

Characteristics

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

Ornamental Features

Ivory Prince Hellebore features showy nodding white cup-shaped flowers with chartreuse overtones and rose streaks at the ends of the stems from late winter to early spring. Its glossy oval compound leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Ivory Prince 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

Ivory Prince Hellebore will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 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. 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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