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Helleborus 'Emma' (Lenten rose) Helleborus 'Emma' (Lenten rose)
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Helleborus 'Emma' PPAF

Lenten rose

A beautiful white-blossomed introduction from noted Hellebore breeder Het Wilgenbroek. This variety is a H. nigercors x H. orientalis hybrid which makes it very hardy in northern climates and early blooming. 

Helleborus 'Emma' is an early flowering hellebore with beautiful large white flowers that age to a mauve pink. Very floriferous from December to May on a neat habit of dark green foliage with a lighter green veining. -Ashwood Nurseries

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Height

10-12 Inches

Spread

12 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Lenten rose Interesting Notes

Hellebores are the harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter. They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose. This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where its extensive root system will spread as far as it is allowed.

Helleborus 'Emma' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Hellebores are enjoyable to grow because they are low-maintenance and disease/pest-free. Simply trim back last year's foliage in the spring. They can adapt to almost any growing conditions. Though they prefer rich, moist, organic soil, they will also grow in sandy or clay soil. They can even tolerate short periods of drought. The soil pH can range anywhere from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.


Hellebores are shade plants that need to be protected from the hot afternoon sun. They will grow in full shade under large deciduous trees as long as they receive full sun from winter to spring before the trees get their leaves. -Walters Gardens

Good Substitutions

Lenten rose Helleborus WEDDING PARTY® 'Wedding Bells'
Lenten rose Helleborus HONEYMOON®
Lenten rose Helleborus Brandywine™

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Average
Average
Dry
Dry
Early Spring
Early Spring
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Propagation Type
Tissue culture