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Helleborus argutifolius 'Silver Lace'


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Helleborus argutifolius 'Silver Lace'
Description
Helleborus argutifolius 'Silver Lace' is a recently introduced and unusual form of the 'Corsican Hellebore', introduced and bred by RD Plants in Devon. Leathery, lobed leaves cast in silver, light up the shade on this tough evergreen perennial. It is an upstanding and popular Hellebore, making a large clump of striking palmed leaves that provide many textural and contrast possibilities to play with. One of the best perennials for dry shade, they can survive under oak trees once established, with little summer water, and additionally, are not attractive to deer and slugs . Growing up to 60cm tall and eventually spreading up to 120cm wide, cup shaped chartreuse flowers appear from January through to April. The stems are topped with between twenty and thirty cream-green cup-shaped flowers 2.5-5cm across, and their calyxes persist long after the flowers are done. Long lived, and hard to kill, they prefer a rich soil and will grow faster if given average water.
 
Main Features
 
Type Perennial Hardiness Hardy with Shelter
Flower Colour Cream Size (H xW) 45 x 45cm
Flowering Season Spring Pot Size 9cm
Foliage Silver Growth Rate Medium Growing
Foliage Type Evergreen Soil PH alkaline
Soil Type Rich but well drained AGM No
Position Part Sun Habit Bushy
 
 
Cultivation Notes
Sun loving drought tolerant plant. An all round tough plant, suitable for problem areas. Prune off the faded flower stems after flowering to return strength back to the foliage.
 
Uses: Provides valuable winter interest; Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening; Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out' plant; Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils. Produces winter flowers
Pruning \ Aftercare : Remove flower heads when faded.