The Winter Jewels™ Hellebores have been carefully hand-bred from only the best plants collected from around the globe in order to produce a range of new and exciting flower forms and colours. These form a mound of leathery, evergreen foliage bearing upright stems of large, saucer-shaped blooms from late winter through spring. This selection features double, frilly blooms in shades of midnight purple and slate to black. Leaves emerge purple in early spring before maturing to green. This variety is reported to retain its colour and petals after the flowers have set seed, greatly extending the interest beyond the initial bloom. Great in part shade. Site these where they will stay for many years, since the plants resent being disturbed. Trim the old leaves to the ground in late winter before the buds emerge, to allow the flowers maximum impact. Bred by Hellebore hybridizer Marietta O’Byrne of Oregon. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten/Skin irritant.