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Helleborus foetidus

Also called Bear's foot, Dungwort, Stinkwort


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Helleborus foetidus - Stinking Hellebore

More About Helleborus foetidus

  • Arching, bell-shaped, green to yellow flowers
  • Flowers are often edged in red
  • Sturdy, yellowish-green, deeply cut foliage
  • Unique evergreen leaves
  • Bloom Time: Mid-winter to early spring
  • Flower Height: 80 cm
  • Foliage Height: 50 cm
  • Flower Size: 5 cm

Interesting Notes:

The common name "Stinking Hellebore" is not misleading.

Zone:

5

Height:

45-55 cm

Spread:

55-65 cm

Colour:

Green
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Stinking Hellebore Growing and Maintenance Tips

Helleborus foetidus is known to self-seed more frequently than other hellebore species. It thrives in an average to moist, well-drained soil, in partial to full shade. At flowering time, they require consistent moisture but are generally drought tolerant during the non-flowering season. They do not like to be moved once established. Remove damaged leaves in late winter (or before the buds appear), to encourage new growth. Disease resistant. 


Genus Overview: Helleborus

Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Grows best in average to moist, well-drained soils in partial to full shade. During flowering time they require consistant moisture, but are generally drought tolerant during the non-flowering seasons. They do not like to be moved once established. Remove damaged leaves in late winter (or before buds appear), to encourage new fresh growth. Disease resistant. 

Helleborus foetidus Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Poisonous
Poisonous
Evergreen
Evergreen

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Flowering Time

Early Spring
Winter

Habit

Mounding
Clumping

Foliage Color

Yellow
Green (dark)
Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Border/edging
Woodland/woods edge