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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The season's first hellebore

Helleborus niger: this is the first hellebore to come into flower (the photo was taken today, with me propping up one of the flowers with a short stick). For me it's more of a novelty than a thing of beauty. A more ambitious gardener might do well with this in our climate zone -- there are certainly some lovely specimens being bred and offered by Arrowhead Alpines in Fowlerville. It's a nice enough foliage plant, but you might need to experiment with placing and protecting it carefully in order for it to flower well. Some people might know it by its 'common' name, "Christmas rose."

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