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Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’
Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’
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Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’

Christmas Rose

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 1.256.320

This species of Hellebore is the best known. Plants forms a sturdy clump of leathery, evergreen leaves. This strain has large cup-shaped white flowers that are said to be particularly early to appear, depending on the season. In mild winter regions it may indeed flower by Christmas. Will self sow where happy, and the seedlings can be moved to new locations while still small. All Hellebores resent being disturbed, so avoid moving or dividing mature plants if at all possible. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten/Skin irritant.

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Helleborus niger ‘Praecox’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Spring
  Mid Spring
  Late Fall
  Early Winter
  Mid Winter
  Late Winter
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
   20-30 cm
   8-12 inches
   25-40 cm
   10-16 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate