Helleborus x hybridus - Hybrid Hellebores

We remember a few years ago that a customer laughed in disbelief when we told her about winter-blooming perennials. But it's true—anytime from January to March nodding stalks of bell-shaped or starburst flowers are in dazzling bloom over several weeks. And even if Hellebores didn't bloom in winter, they would deserve a place in the garden for their handsome, deeply divided evergreen foliage. German plantswoman Gisela Schmiemann has been collecting seeds from superior Hellebores on numerous expeditions to eastern and southern Europe and then hybridizing and selecting the best of her crosses to yield exceptional Hellebores, including the various "Lady" strains. We are also offering Hellebores from Marietta O'Byrne. These seedlings display deeper color saturation, larger flowers, and more attractive foliage, in addition to hybrid vigor. It's gratifying that so many other nurseries are now also making Hellebores available. It's too bad, however, that theirs can't compare with ours in vigor and size of flower. Hellebores prefer slightly acid or alkaline soil in a shady spot that is well drained. Plant away from strong winds, which will mar the flowers during the blooming season, and avoid transplanting, as they resent disturbance. A mature clump will measure about 2 feet across and 12-15 inches high. Keep in mind that these are seed-grown plants, and some plant-to-plant color variation can be expected. Occasionally the resulting color of an individual plant is completely unexpected, but at least 70% should come true. Our plants can be expected to bloom within 2 years. Z. 5-9 except as noted.

Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Apricot Blush

Helleborus x hybridus Apricot Blush - Hybrid Hellebore

Apricot is a complex color when expressed in Hellebores. It typically consists of a peachy yellow ground with rose striations and often a picotee edging, each flower displaying fascinating differences. We think you'll enjoy this strain immensely.

Mini plants
 
$ 9.95
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Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Black Diamond

Helleborus x hybridus Black Diamond - Hybrid Hellebore

Single purple to near-black flowers with contrasting yellow stamens are absolutely stunning. New foliage on this strain from Marietta O'Bryne emerges purple in early spring before maturing to green.

1.5-qt. pot
 
$ 10.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Blue Lady Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Blue Lady Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

Seed-grown from blue-flowered plants. We have observed that over 90% of these plants bloom "blue," which, in Hellebore circles, means grayish lavender.

3-qt. pot
 
$ 17.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Blue Metallic Lady Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Blue Metallic Lady Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

A new seed strain with purple-blue flowers with a silvery overlay and darker striations. About 90% of these should bloom in purplish blue shades. We have noticed that new foliage is a dusky purple. Z. 5-9

Full gallon
 
$ 22.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Cherry Blossom

Helleborus x hybridus Cherry Blossom - Hybrid Hellebore

An exceptional seed strain of soft pink picotee flowers with a red starburst center, Cherry Blossom also boasts bright red veining on the front and back of the petals.

1.5-qt. pot
 
$ 10.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Double-Flowered Rose

Helleborus x hybridus Double-Flowered Rose - Hellebore

A few years ago our friend, German Hellebore breeder Gisela Schmiemann, sent us a small lot of seeds which she had bred to produce double-flowered Hellebores. Plants from this strain have met our expectations with large, frilly, double flowers in a rich rose color. Besides their fancy flowers, the plants also exhibit the sturdiness for which Gisela's Hellebores are renowned. Z. 5-9

1.5-qt. pot
 
$ 14.95
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Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Golden Sunrise

Helleborus x hybridus Golden Sunrise - Hybrid Hellebore

The flowers of this seed strain may be solid yellow or display a red starburst center. Most exhibit a degree of red veining or spotting.

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$ 9.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Green Gambler

Helleborus x hybridus Green Gambler - Hybrid Hellebore

Large single flowers are bright apple green with burgundy spotting and veining on each petal.

Full gallon
 
$ 22.95
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Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Green-flr

Helleborus x hybridus Green-flr'ed plants with red spots - Hybrid Hellebore

An attractive hybrid bred from green-flowered plants. Red spots are striking against the green flowers. Z. 5-9

3-qt. pot
 
$ 17.95
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Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Helen Ballard Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Helen Ballard Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

Round, upright-facing flowers bloom in shades of red, pink, white, yellow, and purple. Plants of this smaller-growing strain typically reach only 12-18 inches. The late Helen Ballard was a leading figure in the development of the modern Hybrid Hellebores.

Full gallon
 
$ 22.95

Helleborus x hybridus Helen Ballard Yellow - Hybrid Hellebore

To develop yellow Hellebores, Helen Ballard first crossed a yellow-green wild-collected H. odorus with H. kochii. The progeny yielded flowers of clear primrose. To increase the vigor of the plants, further crosses were made with light colored forms of H. x hybridus, "a very slow business," as she writes in her notes. After many years she achieved yellows that "flower robustly in midwinter, or earliest spring with a miraculous brightness." Gisela Schmiemann has supplied us with seeds from this "miraculous" strain, which we urge you to try in your garden. Our 2-year seedlings should reach blooming size in another 2-3 years.
Limit 3, please.

Mini plants
 
$ 14.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Picotee Lady Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Picotee Lady Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

What a treat! Picotee flowers are always exciting with their off-white flowers surrounded by a pink or even red margin, but until now we could rarely offer them. This new strain finally provides an adequate supply, but don't delay ordering!

2.5-qt. pot
 
$ 22.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Picotee Lady Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Picotee Lady Strain

Full gallon
 
$ 29.95
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Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Pink Lady Spotted Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Pink Lady Spotted Strain

Pink, generally with darker spots. This attractive strain is always in demand when Hellebores are blooming in March.

Full gallon
 
$ 22.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Pink Lady strain

Helleborus x hybridus Pink Lady strain - Hybrid Hellebore

Richly colored rose and pink flowers will enhance your late-winter garden with their unexpectedly sumptuous coloration.

3-qt. pot
 
$ 17.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Red Lady Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Red Lady Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

Seed-grown from plants with large, red flowers. A remarkably uniform strain, we have observed that over 90% of these plants bloom in red shades.

1.25 gallon
 
$ 22.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus White Lady Spotted Strain

Helleborus x hybridus White Lady Spotted Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

This seed strain is one of our favorites. Over 80% of these plants bloom white with dark red spotted centers. Very appealing in the dead of winter!

3-qt. pot
 
$ 17.95
Photo of Helleborus x hybridus White Lady Strain

Helleborus x hybridus White Lady Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

A white seed strain by German plantswoman Gisela Schmiemann. Some plants may be pure white, while others may be lightly spotted.

Full gallon
 
$ 22.95
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Photo of Helleborus x hybridus Yellow Lady Strain

Helleborus x hybridus Yellow Lady Strain - Hybrid Hellebore

Seed-grown from plants with large, yellow flowers. About 70% of these plants should bloom in yellow hues. We have noticed an occasional cream or pale pink in this strain.

Full gallon
 
$ 22.95
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