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Helleborus orientalis

(Lenten Rose)

Rating: 🌻🌻🌻🌻

Light: ⛅☁️

Deer resistant: yes 🦌☠️

Moisture: not fussy

Bloom: pale white, green or red cup-like flowers in April-June

Size: 24” H x 24” W

Hardiness zone: 3

Helleborus is a late winter/early spring blooming plant with large, thick, toothed, multi-lobed semi-evergreen foliage. In Central New York, tattered foliage can be cut back in fall or late winter when snow has melted. Clumps will spread slowly and will also prolifically self-seed. However, seedlings are plants with unpredictable bloom colors, usually reverting to white or pale green. There are more intensely colored cultivars. ‘Red Racer’ has large burgundy flowers, and is reportedly less winter-hardy than the species. Helleborus is toxic and are therefore quite resistant to deer browsing.