Monday, May 3, 2010

Plant Find: My first Helleborus

I bought my first Helleborus this year.  In fact, it was the first one that I have seen in person.  They are all the talk on plant blogs in the early Spring, it seems.  But I had yet to see one in anyone's garden in Oklahoma.

I really like the blooms, which remind me of those from a Dogwood tree.

Helleborus bloom
And the foliage is awesome!  Red stems lead to serrate dark green leaves with a really nice pattern on the top.

Helleborus leaf pattern
I have placed this Helleborus on the side of the house in a new part-shade garden that is slowly taking form.  The only other plant I have for this garden right now is a Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum).  I would also like to add some Mouse Tails (Arisarum proboscideum), which will almost certainly be Christie's favorite plant ever if I can get them to bloom.


  1. I have never seen this plant before. It does remind me of a dogwood bloom.

  2. Your Helleborus should be Ok in part shade. I used to have one plant, but after 3-4 years it started to seed, and now I have babies all over!