Helleborus orientalis 'SP Sally' PPAF

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: Helleborus SPRING PROMISE® Garden Hybrids
Common Name: Lenten Rose

This lovely cultivar produces spring yellow blossoms measuring about 3” across and facing downward.  The flower color remains consistent as it ages, and flowers are produced for about 8-10 weeks beginning in late February to early March.

Breeder: Heuger

Origin: Not Native to North America


  22-24 Inches
  20-22 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early Spring
  Late winter
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?:


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

Grower Note:

Helleborus SPRING PROMISE® Garden Hybrids

Imagine 100% of your hellebore stock blooming the first year!  Get ready for the incredible impulse sales of these high profit items!  Until now, this has never been possible since hellebores are typically grown from seed.  Thanks to the incredible hybridizing work done by the folks at Heuger, we have an entire new series of hellebores—all of which bloom the first year—since they are all produced from tissue culture.  They are guaranteed to be genetically uniform, high quality plants, the best of their kind.

Unlike the Helleborus GOLD COLLECTION® from Heuger, the SPRING PROMISE® series is a group of H. orientalis hybrids.  They bloom later than the H. niger types, typically showing color beginning in late February or early March and lasting about 8-10 weeks.  All are excellent garden plants, as they are strong growers that form a healthy clump of lighter green foliage and have strong flower stems.  Since all will bloom the first year, they make a fantastic display at retail—color sells!

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. 

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


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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.