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Helleborus Niger

[] My most floriferous Helleborus niger (seen to the left) is the pollen parent of all the Helleborus niger plants that I'm offering for sale now. I've sourced germplasm for the breeding work that I've been doing with this species for decades from every corner of the planet. If you're not that familiar with this plant, lovingly referred to as the "Christmas Rose", I'll mention that it's actually the first Hellebore I grew over 30 years ago and the plant that spawned my continuing love affair with the genus Helleborus. These reliable, evergreen, hardy to probably zone 3 or 4, perennial plants are among the most long lived of all the perennial plant species and the very first to flower. In fact, their early flowering habit is the origin of the common name "Christmas Rose" as they are frequently in full bloom around mid to late December.

I grow them here in my zone 5 garden in full sun, full shade and in every situation imaginable and have found that the more sun I give them, the more flowers they give me. The only soil type they disdain is a soggy wet type. Their very large, 2" - 5" flowers are such a brilliant white, that you'll practically have to don sunglass to gaze at them. The mature plants are just slightly smaller and more compact than their popular cousins, Helleborus x hybridus, the "Lenten Rose", and their foliage seems to hug the ground rather than be as upright as Helleborus x hybridus. I like this feature as it goes a long way in smothering any weeds growing close to the plant. As with all the other species in the genus Helleborus, deer and other varmints have no interest in the flowers or the foliage and seem to turn their noses up at the whole planting.

As a cut flower, they're excellent and long lasting too. This is a real bonus as there is usually nothing else flowering at this time of the year.

NOW is the perfect time to plant the "Christmas Rose" so they'll have plenty of time to establish their anchoring roots before Winter is once again upon us.

Hey...... I'll bet you're wondering why a plant with such bright, white flowers has the specific epithet niger, a word that in botanical nomenclature means black, aren't you? Well, niger refers to the dark color of the roots.

I've more than 2000 of my 4 year old "Christmas Roses" for your garden in 2" pots.

The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING!!! on plants barerooted from those 2" Anderson Treeband pots. If you'd rather have them arrive in their pots (recommended), please add $.95 per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping the pots and soil via Priority Mail.

7   for $ 35.00  delivered ($5.00 ea)
10  for $ 45.00  delivered ($4.50 ea)
15  for $ 60.00  delivered ($4.00 ea)
20  for $ 70.00  delivered ($3.50 ea)
50  for $150.00  delivered ($3.00 ea)

At this point I usually say "Larger quantities at even lower prices upon request". But to be fair, I must limit you to one tray of 50 MAXIMUM.

If you have any questions about this plant or any of the other plants that I offer, send an email to my personal email address - and I'll reply as quickly as I can. If you'd like a return phone call, please include your phone # and the best time to call.

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