Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost' Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’
(hel-LEB-ore-uss)                       Family: Ranuculaceae

Common name: hellebore
Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 15-18 in (38-45 cm)   Spread: 24 jn (60 cm)
Aspect: partial shade; full shade
Soil: fertile; moist; well-draining 
Water: regular 

Description: An evergreen perennial with an upright to slightly fanning growth habit. Leathery green leaves have sharply-toothed, serrated edges. Outward-facing, long-blooming flowers open pink, streaked with white and rose, in February, aging to a deep pinkish-red colour as spring advances to summer. Very florific.

 

Special Notes: This hybrid, a crossing between Helleborus niger and H. lividus, was bred at the Heuger Nursery in Glandorf, Germany. Originally known as Helleborus COSEH 710, it is one of the new Heuger Gold Collection (HGC) series. Possible pest and disease problems include aphids and black spot. Vine weevils have been known to infest the roots of potted plants, especially those kept in pots for long periods of time. Black Death is a new virus that has been infecting hellebores in private collections and nurseries. If your plant becomes infected with this virus…as evidenced by black streaking on flower petals, stems and leaves…carefully dig up the plant and immediately bag it for the garbage.

 

Caution: All parts of the plant are poisonous.

 

Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015