A garden classic with early spring blooming perennial with single to double flowers in shades of white, pink, yellow, purple or nearly black. Flowering stalks appear in late winter to early spring before the thick leathery palmate leaves unfurl. Each seed grown plant is its own characteristic bloom colour and pattern of spots (or no spots). Much loved by bumblebees.
- Seed Count: 20-25
- Collection Date: Sept 2019
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Height and Widt: 30cm x 30 cm
- Germination test type: hand sort
How to germinate Hellebore seeds:
Best method: soak seed 24 hours in room temperature water then place the seed in a resealable baggie filled with moist peat, leaf mould or compost. Warm stratify at 20 C for 60-90 days then place baggie in a cool area (4C) for cold stratification for 60-90 days. Sow seed in humus rich but well draining medium 4mm deep. Keep moist. May germinate in 30 days or 18 months (or so) later. Grows best in a cool environment (15 C). Transplant when seedlings are large enough to handle to individual pots. Seems to like growing in groups. Often you find seedlings tucked under the leaves in Spring. I never transplant my seeded pots of Hellebore as sometimes the odd seed still germinates three years after sowing and most times these late starters give the best colours.