Also called Bear's foot, Dungwort, Stinkwort
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
The common name "Stinking Hellebore" is not misleading.
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
Moist to Average
Flowering TimeEarly Spring