CHRISTMAS ROSE Helleborus sternii
A stunning perennial with metallic veined foliage, surrounded by serrated dark-green leaves that are evergreen and persist year-round, even in freezing climates. A popular plant to bring color to the shade. Flowers are shades of soft pink, to dark pink, to purple.
Helleborus are widely admired perennials! Flowers are available in a wide range of colors, and foliage is dark green, shiny, and evergreen even in the coldest climates. Flowers begin to bloom as the snow is receding, and continue through spring creating a magnificent display. Helleborus can be best appreciated when planted near the front of the perennial border. We have been growing these plants for a number of years in our zone 4 gardens, and they are always a welcomed sight of elegant color!
Type: Perennial, with evergreen foliage
Hardiness zones: 4-9
Location: Part shade or full shade
Seeds per pack: 5
Note: This plant species is known to have toxicity. The ingestion of these seeds or this plant can cause serious illness or death. The juice or sap of these seeds or this plant may cause a skin rash or irritation.
Germination: As with many perennials, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 5-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Helleborus seeds can take weeks or months to germinate, so patience is required. They are worth the wait, and will reward you with years of enjoyment!