January 1, 2024
Commonly known as Lenten Rose, Molly’s White Hellebore has recently become an LCbW favorite for the shady garden.
Hardy and low maintenance, this plant boasts a sporty greenish-white appearance with outward facing petals that bloom in the late winter or early spring. Being one of the first perennials to bloom makes Hellebore an asset to pollinators by providing an early nectar source. The blooms grow on sturdy tall stems over dark green evergreen foliage.
The foliage alone makes an attractive groundcover with its glossy sheen and silver veining. Compact and neat, Molly’s White Hellebore is a lovely addition to a variety of gardens. The plants work best gathered in groups in a shady or woodland garden and underneath large trees and shrubs.
While a low maintenance plant, proper siting is important too. Moist, well-draining soil that is not prone to drying out or staying wet is imperative to their survival. The plants prefer sufficient organic matter, so be sure to plant with a healthy scoop of compost to help this woodland flower thrive.
With no serious pest or disease problems, Molly’s White is also deer and vole resistant. In the late winter, remove dead and brown foliage just as the buds are forming.
A final word of caution, Hellebore are toxic to humans, cats, and dogs if ingested, so plant with care!
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