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Helleborus x ballardiae 'Maestro'

If I was only allowed to take one winter-flowering perennial to a desert island, it would be this. More
1 x 1.5 litre plant, for spring/summer planting 511536-1.5L £22.95

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If I was only allowed to take one winter-flowering perennial to a desert island, it would be this. It flowers from November to March (followed perfectly by it’s brother H. b. ‘Merlin’) to give the most elegant, stylish and reliable cut flowers, and rich saucer blooms for growing in dappled shade. It’s pewter-green, crimson leaves are handsome too.

Unlike most of its family, once it has dropped its stamens, sear the stems ends in boiling water for 15 seconds and it will never flop in the vase, and then lasts for over 10 days. I absolutely love it.

Genus Helleborus
Group/Species x ballardiae
Variety Coseh 890 (PBR), Hgc Maestro
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name Hellebore
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral
Site Part Shade, Shelter
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 40cm (16in)
Spacing 50cm (20in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade, incorporating plenty of organic matter into the planting area. Sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi (Rootgrow) into the base of the planting hole.
Care Tips Remove old leaves to make flowers more visible in spring. Will self-seed gently. May irritate skin, wear gloves when handling. Protect from slugs and snails.
Flowering November - March
Harvesting Flower production: 4-5 months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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