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Helleborus foetidus
Helleborus foetidus
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Helleborus foetidus

Stinking Hellebore

USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 1.256.200

Highly valued in milder regions, for their winter effect in the garden. This species forms a clump of deeply cut leathery green foliage, bearing upright sprays of nodding, cup shaped greenish flowers, each edged with reddish purple. The whole plant has a slightly skunky smell when in bloom. Flowers appear in late winter and very early spring. Performs best in regions with a mild maritime climate. Gardeners in colder climates would be wise to mulch around the base of the clump with leaves in very late fall. Fairly tolerant of dry shade conditions. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten/Skin irritant.

Further details for
Helleborus foetidus

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Spring
  Mid Spring
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.