Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Exposure: Part Sun to Light Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Gold Collection® Champion Lenten Rose

Helleborus x ballardiae 'COSEH 730' PPAF
Graceful white to pink flowers score a perfect 10 in your late winter landscape.

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First to flower! Champion Hellebore wins the race—the first Spirit of the year to flower in your garden. Before winter has released its icy grip, this eager-to-please plant opens it glorious blossoms to the frosty air. Rose-pink in bud, the rugged yet exquisite flowers open a clear creamy white, maturing to a rich pink over the course of the plant’s long bloom time. Turn a dull, shady area of your landscape into a blue-ribbon garden with this all-star performer. It will brighten your spirits as winter winds down and give you something to cheer about!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Exposure: Part Sun to Light Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late Winter to Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

In the wild, Hellebores are found primarily in eastern Europe. The most common types are also known as Lenten Roses (though they aren’t related to Roses), because in many areas they bloom around Lent. Another species is called Christmas Rose, because it blooms even earlier. Champion is a selection with Christmas Rose in its background, along with some other, lesser known, species. It belongs to the Helleborus Gold Collection® (HGC) of German plant breeder Josef Heuger. In his HGC work, Heuger has striven to develop plants with intriguing colors, extended bloom times, and good vigor. Hellebore flowers tend to nod, so another goal has been to produce outward-facing blossoms that make a showier display.

The Details

Bring the joy of winter blossoms indoors! Nothing could be cheerier than a collection of Hellebore blooms on the table when it’s frosty outside. Champion Hellebores are best displayed in a bowl of water. Cut them with just a bit of stem attached and float them face-up like Waterlilies.

How to Grow

Give Champion Hellebore a shady site where it will receive no direct midday or afternoon sun. The soil should be rich and well-drained for best results. Hellebores like regular water, although they can be surprisingly drought tolerant once established. They are toxic in all their parts, which means that these fantastic woodland plants resist deer and other browsing creatures. Their leathery leaves are evergreen where winters aren’t too severe. If the foliage does become damaged, simply prune out the unsightly leaves. Champion is cold-hardy to at least -20ºF. Other than supplying a layer of mulch, you need to give it no special protection in cold weather.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Part Sun to Light Shade
Avg Mature Height 15"
Avg Mature Width 18-24"
Flower Color Creamy White with Pink
Foliage Color Shiny Dark Green
Bloom Time Late Winter to Early Spring
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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