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Helleborus niger 'Praecox'
Common Name: Christmas Rose Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

Helleborus niger 'Praecox'
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Helleborus niger is the Christmas rose which usually blooms in January for us, fully a month or more before H. x hybridus, the Lenten roses. The flowers are snow white with a rose flush as they age. The foliage is glossy and evergreen. Not the best for our climate since the rain can cause some black spotting of the foliage and flowers. That being said if you provide some overhead protection from winter rain (under shrubs or near the house) this species can be grown well in Vancouver.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
Native Habitat:
Mountain woodland, valleys, alpine grassy areas, elevation 1000-6000 feet.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourYellow Stamens 
Height8-12'  Bloom TimeLate Winter - Early Spring 
Spread8-12'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Shade Part Shade Part Sun  Foliage ColourBluish Green 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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