Helleborus x hybridus
at Digging Dog
Christmas Rose/Lenten Rose
Stories about this genus are countless. In medieval times, it was considered a weapon against
witches, madness and evil spirits. Hellebores deserve a place in every garden, not only because of their
supposed power, but because they bloom for a long time, early in winter, when the weather is cool and most
other flowers are still dormant.
They like moist, loamy soil with lime and leaf mold. We like them as ground covers for deciduous shrubs, conifers, or broad-leafed evergreens, and when possible plant them
in an elevated spot to admire their nodding flowers.
Helleborus x hybridus
Perhaps one of the finest low growing, early flowering plants, this Helleborus is easy to grow,
requiring only shade and some moisture. The nodding flowers, which range in color from blush white to plum, are usually spotted on the inside with crimson and maroon. Lustrous and dark green, the 12 in. wide evergreen leaves are divided into seven to nine segments.
Size: 18" high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Helleborus x hybridus (p-0243)
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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
This glamorous beacon for the late season garden is our favorite plant this week. Hydrangea aspera ‘Rocklon’ with it's large pink clouds of buds and pinkish bronze, downy new growth bring a soft look to this noble, rarely cultivated Hydrangea. Mounted on stout fuzzy stems, wide, hairy serrated foliage, with red-hued petioles, provides a graceful deep green foil for the enormous mauve lacecaps ringed by white bracts. Adequate water and bright shade will ensure ‘Rocklon’s prosperity, while Corydalis and Stylophorum diphyllum offer contrasting texture beneath. (S-0421)
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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order
plant nursery specializing in
unusual and hard to find
perennials, ornamental grasses,
shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410
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