Tuesday, June 23, 2009

April Flower of the Month



April Flower of the Month

Helleborus orientalis
Scilla sibirica
Zones:4-5
Lenten Rose Art




The Lenten Rose: Comes in green and shades of Lavender, Magenta, Pink, Purple, White and Yellow. It likes to live in the shade. It does not like to be moved once it's planted.

It's a good flower for Spring because: It blooms in cold weather. It reminds you of Easter.

The Lenten Rose is a long lived Perennial and blooms in mid-Winter to mid-Spring in a wide range of colors. It has thick petals, and it's leaves are usually evergreen all year long. Lenten Rose grows from 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall, and just as wide! All parts of the Lenten Rose are poisonous. They are happiest when planted in shade or partial sun. They take a long time to get settled in after being transplanted. You usually divide them in late Summer or Fall. Good companions to plant them with are Ferns, Azaleas and Rhododendrons. By Easter there will be blooms, although Lenten Roses start blooming earlier in the year. You may need to add mulch around the base of the plant during the colder months. Another type of Hellebore is the Christmas Rose, which has white or pinkish-green flowers. Myth has it that an Angel gave one of the roses to a Shepherdess who had no present for the baby Jesus. Hellebores are easy to grow and have many beautiful leaves and flowers.