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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 LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

12-30 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

18 Inches

Bloom Color

Green

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

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

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Dry
Average
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Winter
Green Infrastructure
Woodland
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Attributes
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Open pollinated