Hellebores argutifolius – Corsican Hellebore is an unmistakable plant. Its stout stems, deep
green, leathery leaves and large heads of apple green flowers mark it
apart from all other hellebores.
With bowl shaped, nodding flowers the colour of ‘Granny Smith’ apples 4
to 5cm (2in) wide, borne in large open clusters. The flowers appear in
winter, and remain on the plants for a long time. Great for winter interest when other plants are dormant or deciduous.
This species, formerly known as H. corsicus, the Corsican Hellebore is a
delightful evergreen perennial plant that forms dense clumps to 90cm
(32in) wide. The stout stems bear leaves composed of three
spiny-toothed dark green leaflets. This popular, evergreen makes an architectural statement in the middle
of a mixed or shrub border. It is an easy plant to grow in sun or shade
in most soils and excellent for massing under trees, the handsome
foliage is a long-lasting source of interest after the flowers have
Helleborus argutifolius was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in 1993.
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