Another hellebore with great foliage is Helleborus sternii, its a hybrid between H.lividus and H. argutifolius, and is another grown for has the mottled or marbled foliage. The flowers are an ‘Apple green’ although this will depend on the strain with the ‘Ashwood strain’ having dusky pink flowers. Reaching around 50cm, the stems are a deep red, an added attraction.
The foliage is deeply cut with good markings which tends to add a little texture to the garden.
Helleborus sternii Varieties
A few named cultivars are available including.
- Helleborus sternii ‘Boughton Beauty’ – The foliage is more silvery grey and is a larger growing type.
- Helleborus sternii ‘Ashwood’ – More pink in the flowers and it will reach around 30 cm in height.
This is one hellebore that does not mind a little sun, although it does need protection from the hot afternoon sun for best results. Look for a humus rich well drained soil that receives some sun, but is protected from hot afternoon sun. Propagation is by division or from seed.
When planting dig in some organic matter first. Water plants in well and water during dry spells through the first summer. Mulch with a good layer of organic compost. We like to top dress with a little blood and bone and then water in after applying new mulch in spring each year.
After this Helleborus sternii is relatively care and maintenance free.
- Height – Will reach 45 cm in height.
- Spread – will slowly spread to form a clump.
- Growth rate – Medium.
- Position – Full sun to part shade, more shade in very hot dry positions.
- Soil – Humus rich with some moisture, will grow in sandy loamy soils as well.
- Foliage – Deep green with variegation and markings.
- Flowers – Apple green with pink.
- Flowering period – Spring.
Helleborus sternii is available for sale from the following growers
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.