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Helleborus niger ‘Potter’s Wheel’ (Christmas Rose)

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One of the most famous names associated with Helleborus niger, ‘Potter’s Wheel’ is a gorgeous Christmas Rose. It features large, single, pristine white flowers, 3 in. across (8 cm), with overlapping sepals and adorned with crowns of showy golden-yellow stamens. Unlike most hellebores, the flowers face outward attracting interest. They are borne on short, dark stems and rise above the evergreen foliage of leathery, blue-green leaves. A very early bloomer, with blooms appearing in late winter and lasting until early spring. Perfect to brighten the shade garden!

  • Grows in a bushy, upright clump, up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 15-18 in. wide (37-45 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in fertile, humus-rich, moist, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Avoid soils prone to drying out or staying wet.
  • Select a sheltered site to protect your hellebores from cold winter winds.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to shady borders, city gardens, woodland gardens, or cottage gardens, banks and slopes, under trees or large shrubs, or as a ground cover . Plant in groups for the best visual impact.
  • Hellebore flowers provide valuable nectar for early pollinators. Hellebore is not generally a plant that deer or other animals seek out to eat, but if other food sources are scarce, they may come along and make a meal out of your Hellebore.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, snails, hellebore leaf spot, and hellebore black death.
  • Remove old leaves to help prevent hellebore leaf spot, and deadhead by removing old faded flower stems.
  • Propagate by division of larger clumps in early spring.
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort, skin irritant. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses, toxic to humans.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Helleborus
Common names Christmas Rose, Hellebore, lenten Rose
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Helleborus Molly’s White (Hellebore)
Helleborus x nigercors ‘Honeyhill Joy’ (Hellebore)
Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Merlin’ (Hellebore)
Helleborus ‘Dark and Handsome’ (Hellebore)
Helleborus ‘Wedding Crasher’ (Hellebore)
Helleborus ‘Shotgun Wedding’ (Hellebore)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Helleborus
Common names Christmas Rose, Hellebore, lenten Rose
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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