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Lenten Rose 'Royal Heritage Strain'
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Helleborus x orientalis
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(What's my zone?)Perennial
Cultivar Notes - 'Royal Heritage Strain'
'Royal Heritage' is a beautiful hybrid strain that includes a wide range of sumptuous colors such as purple, near-black, white, pale green, yellow, pink, rose, and red. Some flowers are attractively spotted or brushed with a contrasting colors.
Genus Notes - Helleborus
Hellebores are evergreen plants with thick, leathery foliage. They 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.
Site these where they will stay for many years, since the plants resent being disturbed. Trim the old leaves to the ground in late winter before the buds emerge, to allow the flowers maximum impact. Lenten Rose was selected as the 2005 Perennial Plant of the Year.