Flower Focus: Hellebores

All of a sudden hellebores are everywhere I turn. Facebook. Instagram. Magazines. They’ve even recently come up in  conversation with a friend. I read about them in a book more than a year ago and honestly didn’t give them a second thought. These flowers seem to be relentlessly trying to get my attention and interest, they have it now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Hellebores are striking and come in a wide range of colors. Also known as the “Lenten Rose” or “Winter Rose,” (with no actual relation to the rose), these perennials bloom anywhere from winter(!!!) to early spring (depending on your growing zone), lending color to your garden when nothing else is flowering.

They should be planted in well-drained but moist soil, and grow well in shady conditions. Hellebores are also deer-resistant. If you have pets or children, beware that all parts of the plant are poisonous. The flowers are stunning in bouquets and arrangements, having a reputation for long-lasting blooms.

The following varieties caught my eye. Do you grow Hellebores? If so, which ones?

‘Double Ellen White’

Double Ellen White

Japan Winter Dreams ‘Smoky Anemone Pink’

WD Smoky Anemone Pink

Japan Winter Dreams ‘WD Black’ 

Japan Winter Dreams_WD Black

Winter Jewels® Golden Lotus

Winter Jewels Golden Lotus

‘Winter Jewel Red Sapphire’

Winter Jewel Red Sapphire

Winter Jewel Harlequin Gem

winter jewel harlequin Gem

*Photos above are from resources linked


  1. Stevie said:

    There’s something about that name that sounds so BADASS! 😉 Remember my Anemone flower you figured out for me? Seems we thought it was a hellebore possibly.

    February 4, 2016
    • thistleandvine said:

      Hahahaha. Agreed! Very badass-sounding name. We thought it was a hellebore, but I think figured it out it wasn’t based on the blooming time.

      February 4, 2016
  2. Sarah said:

    I am going to try these varieties this spring. Thanks for sharing.

    February 10, 2016
    • thistleandvine said:

      Let me know which varieties you choose and how it goes. Thanks for reading, Sarah!


      February 11, 2016

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