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Helleborus foetidus (Bearsfoot hellebore)

Helleborus foetidus

Bearsfoot hellebore

Intriguing, finely cut, leathery dark green foliage makes an interesting and nearly evergreen groundcover for average to dry shade. Numerous chartreuse bell-like flowers, often rimmed in red, are held above leaves in late winter. One of the first bloomers in spring!

SIZE
Helleborus foetidus - 18 per flat Availability
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Height

12-30 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

18 Inches

Bloom Color

Mixed Colors

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Bearsfoot hellebore Interesting Notes

The specific epithet, foetidus, means fetid or bad smelling, and refers to the flowers, although one must stick their nose in the flowers to get a good whiff.  - Allan Armitage

This easy-to-grow, evergreen perennial provides masses of unusual lime-green flowers, held above the foliage, that remain for months in winter. Long, palmate, serrated leaves give plants a tropical appearance; a nice addition to the winter garden. Recommended for dry shade, Bearsfoot grows 2-3' with leaves larger than your hand. A great texture in the woodland garden and reliably deer-resistant. - Niche Gardens

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Early Spring
Early Spring
Dry
Dry
Average
Average
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Evergreen
Evergreen

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Winter
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Early Spring
Winter
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Fall
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Moist Shade
Dry Shade
Moist Sun