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Helleborus lividus (Majorcan Hellebore)

Majorcan Hellebore, Blue-Grey Hellebore, Purple Hellebore


Native to the Mediterranean island of Majorca, Helleborus lividus (Majorcan Hellebore) is an evergreen perennial with open clusters of up to 8 or 10 outfacing, cup-shaped, pale rose-pink to silver-green flowers, 1-2 in. wide (3-5 cm). Blooming heavily for weeks from mid winter to early spring, these delicate beauties flatten as they age and rise on short green stems with a varying degree of pink flushing. The glossy leaves are divided into three blue-green leaflets with a striking silvery veining which creates a marbled effect. The most distinctive feature of this plant is its pink tint on the undersides of the foliage, on the stems, the leaf petioles and the flowers. Showy and long-lasting, this Hellebore is noticeably less cold-hardy than others. It is hardy from Zones 8 to 9 but marginally hardy in Zone 7.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 18-36 in. wide (45-90 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade, in rich, humusy, moist, alkaline, well-drained soils. Protect this plant from extreme cold with a light mulch of straw.
  • Drought tolerant once established, it is deer resistant.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to shady borders, containers, under trees or large shrubs, woodland gardens or naturalized areas.
  • Watch for snails and aphids or hellebore leaf spot.
  • Remove faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear
  • Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort; skin irritant.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helleborus - Hellebores
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helleborus - Hellebores
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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