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Facts About Hellebore




Question: Does hellebore really bloom during the winter? I have heard this plant is very poisonous. Is it okay to have it around animals or children? Is it easy to take care of, fast growing, and hardy? What type of soil, light, and moisture does it need? Thank you for your help.

Answer: Hellebore bloom during mild spells in late winter and very early spring. If they’re growing in a protected niche that warms during the winter, they will open even earlier. They are as much a curiosity as they are attractive. They are poisonous and should not be eaten. It is very easy to grow when it has the right conditions. They require shade to partial shade, and a soil that is woodsy and humusy. Such soil has large organic matter particles, so it holds moisture but drains well. Hellebore may take a year or two to become established, but after that they should be very long lived. They may also self sow and spread to create new little colonies.





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