Welcome to Plant Exchange Blog on the Northern Plains. Lately, the high temperature has been in the high 40’s with an Arctic wind. Warmer days earlier; erratic spring. Perennial plants wait patiently for favorable weather to bloom, leaf out, and begin attracting pollinators.
Lenten Roses (Hellebores orientalis) are in bloom here, along with greening cool-season grasses, and before some daffodil flowers. Hellebores are in the same family as delphinium and anemone and are known for their long bloom from late winter into spring.
They grow in USDA cold hardiness zones 3-9 and can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Potted hellebore in bloom may be planted outdoors after the spring thaw. The plants have few pests and are poisonous to humans if ingested—Wash hands after handling them.
Hellebores are long-lived perennials, once established. They favor partial or full shade and neutral or slightly alkaline soil with hummus. Versatile among early blooming plants, you can divide the crown by including several buds.
Jean Baptiste Lamarck described the Lenten Rose in 1781. Hellebores were a favorite in Europe in the 1800s. The wide choice of flower colors, including white and green, and early bloom status add to their interest today.
Thanks for joining us to celebrate plants in bloom at Plant Exchange Blog. Posts of past celebrations are available here as well.
When you are ready to see what else is in bloom around the United States and other countries, please go to Carol Michel’s May Dreams Gardens in Indiana to see her garden. At the end of her post on the 15th, note many garden bloggers waiting to show you what is in bloom where they live. Here is Carol’s link: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com