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Helleborus 'Maid of Honor'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: WEDDING PARTY™ Series
Common Name: Lenten Rose

Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizer Hans Hansen has a passion for hellebores. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with notable vigor, showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant, and rich flower colors. The WEDDING PARTY™ series showcases his double flowered selections, available in numerous, beautiful color shades. 

Helleborus ‘Maid of Honor’ ranges in color from light to dark pink, bearing 2-3” double flowers.

Hellebores are the harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter. They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose. This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where its extensive root system will spread as far as it is allowed.

Intro Year: 2014

Breeder: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18-24 Inches
Spread:
  24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Slow
When should it bloom?:
  Early Spring
  Mid-spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hellebores are enjoyable to grow because they are low-maintenance and disease/pest-free.  Simply trim back last year's foliage in the spring.  They can adapt to almost any growing conditions.  Though they prefer rich, moist, organic soil, they will also grow in sandy or clay soil.  They can even tolerate short periods of drought.  The soil pH can range anywhere from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. 

Hellebores are shade plants that need to be protected from the hot afternoon sun.  They will grow in full shade under large deciduous trees as long as they receive full sun from winter to spring before the trees get their leaves. 

To increase the number of hellebores in your garden, mulch them heavily in the fall.  The new seedlings will grow in this mulch come spring and can then be transplanted elsewhere in the garden.

WARNING: Hellebores are poisonous. Do not consume any part of the plant!


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart'
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Old-Fashioned
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' PP12138
Common Name: Lungwort
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Common Name: Fern-Japanese Painted
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' PP18551 COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Fun Facts:

In popular legend, Lenten Rose were blooming outside the stable in Bethlehem, hence the name "Lenten" rose. However, Hellebores aren't native to that area.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.