Common name: Hellebore, Lenten rose, Christmas rose, winter rose
Plants in the genus Helleborus have leathery green leaves and nodding flowers that bloom in January, even when covered in snow. There are many Helleborus species and hybrids. Their flowering season is over by April, so if purchasing some, do so in February and March so that you can enjoy the flowers. They are quite adaptable but need good drainage. They are also deer resistant due to the alkaloid toxins they contain. These same toxins made them useful as a poison or a purgative but don’t experiment!
*content from February/March 2020
Contributor: Vivien Clarke, Volunteer VanDusen Guide