This Hellebore starts blooming before it is even Winter, often starting its bloom in early December. The one in the garden has grown quite large and drapes itself over the retaining wall. Leaves are large and leathery, often over 8″. It’s size is considerably over 18″ x 24″ mentioned on most sites, and the center of the plant is filled with flowers and buds, that do tend to try and hide in the foliage. The buds start with a significant amount of pink on them and that is retained on the back of the petals as the cream blossom opens up.
There is some confusion over the naming of this plant. It is often said that it is part of the Heuger Gold Collection (HGC), a series of cultivars developed by Heuger Nursery in Germany. It is an interspecies hybrid between H. niger and H. sternii. To add to the naming confusion, it is often called HGC Joker as well.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P17018
Found in Tea House,
Along the retaining wall that leads to the Tea House.