Helleborus Lividus

How do I care for my Helleborus Lividus?
Helleborus is an easy-care compact plant. It can grow to a height of 50 centimetres. Because it naturally grows in humus rich (slightly calciferous) soil, it is best if you use this type of fertilizer. The Helleborus will benefit most from this when you do it in the autumn before it flowers. If you want to plant this plant in open ground, it is best to add some humus rich potting mix to its soil in your gardenWhat is the best location for the Lividus?
Most of the Helleborus-varieties naturally grow in mountainous and heavily wooded regions and prefer to grow in shade. The Lividus is more tolerant of sun than other varieties because it originates from warmer regions. Because it is a relatively small plant, it gets little summer sun in those locations while all of the larger plants and trees around it are in full leaf. During the autumn, when they all lose their leaves, this winter flowering plant gets sun/semi-shade. Fallen leaves offer direct protection and nutrients; so it is fine to leave these on the ground! Due to this variety’s frost susceptibility, it is highly recommended to protect the Lividus during the winter. Also make sure that the soil is not too acidic and well-draining. Helleborus Lividus will not grow well in soil that is too wet.Is this Helleborus suitable as cut flower?
Because this Helleborus is a relatively compact plant, the Lividus is the least suitable cut flower in the Helleborus variety. 
Where does Helleborus Lividus come from?
Helleborus Lividus comes from the Spanish island of Mallorca. These days the Lividus is rarely found there anymore. This beautiful Hellebore is one of the least winter hardy varieties in our Hello, Helleborus® assortment. They will however easily survive a mild West-European winter. During more severe winters, giving them some protection is strongly recommended.

When does this Helleborus flower?
The Helleborus Lividus already starts flowering in December. Its attractive flowers stay beautiful into March. Because the Helleborus flowers in the Winter and in early spring, it is a most attractive plant for bees that are waking from their winter sleep. It is truly a bee attracting plant! The Helleborus belongs to the perennials. This is remarkable because unlike most perennials these winter flowering plants stay beautifully green during the winter. They are even at their beautiful best during that time!

Can I prune this Helleborus?
Generally speaking, there is no need to prune your Helleborus. Because Helleborus is evergreen, its older leaves will often become less fresh looking or quite large. You can just cut these leaves away to let new fresh leaves develop. It is best to do this before it flowers anyway to let its flowers reach their maximum beauty.
  • Winter hardiness:
    Moderate to reasonable, extra protection is best

  • Soil type:
    Humus rich, slightly calcareous and well-draining

  • Moisture levels:
    Normal, not too wet

  • Location:
    Semi-shade/shade

  • Height:
    To 50 cm

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Evergreen

  • Pruning:
    Cut off old or diseased leaves

  • Fertilizing:
    In spring and/or autumn using calcium and/or humus

  • Flower:
    Hanging flower bunches with yellow stamens, can be green or purple

  • Flowering period:
    December – March

  • Trivia:
    Because Helleborus is one of very few plants that flower in the winter and early spring, it also attracts early bees that are waking from their winter sleep

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