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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Another nice hellebore

Helleborus x sternii (photo taken mid Nov. 2010)
Helleborus x sternii is a selection that has been in my garden for more than a decade. It is to be enjoyed as a summer foliage plant since (I believe) it wants to flower mid-winter and, unlike some of the other hellebores, just can't seem to pull it off. It is a hybrid, one of its parents being the tender H. lividus. The hybrid plants are quite variable, and it has been my experience that the bluer the foliage, the less hardy the plant. However, there are other people in the area more expert than me on the matter. Two good sources for information on hellebores are and the people at Arrowhead Alpines in Fowlerville ( 

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