Helleborus – Anna’s Red Lenten Rose
It took 12 years of work by breeders to give us the wonderful Anna’s Red Lenten Rose, Helleborus. Its astounding spring foliage emerges a bronzy green with electric pink veining, looking like a pair of pink fishnet stockings were wrapped around each leaf. As the spring progresses, the veining turns cream on the evergreen foliage. Dark purple buds on deep red stems open to the richest purple-red flowers with bright chartreuse centers. Flowers last for months from late winter into spring.
Lenten Rose are wonderful additions to the shade garden or naturalized woodland garden. With their dark, thick, evergreen foliage they look fantastic in and out of bloom. In late winter or early spring their nodding 3-4″ cup-shaped flowers emerge. Flowers dry on the plants, sometimes persisting for months. They are easy to grow in average soil and are tolerant of drought once established. A long lived perennial, Lenten Rose resists pests, deer and rabbits. Old foliage can be cut back in late winter before new flowers emerge. Poisonous.
Plant in shade to part shade in well draining soil.