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January Plant of the Month

Helleborus xnigercors 'COSEH 830' 

by Adrienne Roethling,

Director

Helleborus xnigercors is a cross between the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger and the Corsican hellebore, Helleborus argutifolius. This hybrid results with no seedlings as it is a sterile form.  Though, not related to roses at all, some say the large, star-shaped flowers resemble that of a wild rose. Its common name, Christmas rose, means that it typically blooms during the Christmas season. Here in the Piedmont of North Carolina, expect blooms in January and February.

 

Beginning in January, numerous, large sepals (modified flowers), open pure white, standing on 6-8” stalks just above the palmate (consisting of joined leaflets, like the shape of your hand) emerald green leaves. Sepals fade to green extending the flower season for several more weeks.  Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Christmas rose has been growing in the garden since 2015. Growing best in partial shade with the sharp drainage, expect plants to reach 18” wide at maturity.

 

Join or renew your garden membership during the month of January and your name will be included in a drawing for a division of Helleborus xnigercors ‘COSEH 830’.

Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (1)
Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (1)

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Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (2)
Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (2)

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Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (7)
Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (7)

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Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (1)
Gold Collection® Ice Breaker Prelude Helleborus ×nigercors 'COSEH 830' (1)

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