Pink Marble Hellebore
Helleborus lividus 'Pink Marble'
Pink Marble Hellebore flowers
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Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 16 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Other Names: Lenten Rose, Winter Rose
Group/Class: Honeymoon Series
This attractive variety produces thick evergreen leaves marbled in silver and hints of pink for year round interest; pink stalks bear showy, cup shaped blooms of mauve-pink, blushed in green, with chartreuse centers; a great selection for shade gardens
Pink Marble Hellebore features showy nodding coral-pink cup-shaped flowers with light green overtones and chartreuse eyes at the ends of the stems from late winter to early spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. Its attractive serrated oval compound leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive silver veins and tinges of pink throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Pink Marble Hellebore is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Pink Marble Hellebore is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
Pink Marble Hellebore will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.