This site is for people who like plants -- growers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, novices and professionals, those who appreciate wild things and those who appreciate the cultivated. I garden in Chelsea, and I've been visiting people's yards for 20+ years in the course of my work. My goal is to make this blog a community project, so if you share my interests, please consider becoming a participant and contributing content -- Guerin. Info: guerinw@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

An unusual, early-flowering hellebore

British plant aficionados first received seed of Helleborus thibetanus in 1991, and it's slowly gotten around in cultivation since then. It flowers earlier than the common 'lenten rose,' never fully lifting its head to the sun (but not always as droopy as in this photo taken in today's rain).  As a young plant it goes dormant in summer, but established plants maintain their foliage until fall. I like showing this off to visitors since I figure they won't have it and it doesn't have a common name, so that makes me cool, right?

The ever-infallible world wide web tells me this is the lone hellebore of eastern Asia and is native to open montane forests in the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi and Sichuan.

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