Common Names: Hellebore, Christmas rose, Lenten rose

Botanical names: Helleborus

Availability: Late winter through early spring.

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Five petal-like sepals that surround a cluster of small, cup-shaped nectaries. The sepals are often mistaken for petals due to their colorful and petal-like appearance.

Color: The colors of the sepals can range from white and cream to pink, purple, green, and dark maroon.

Botanical facts: Hellebores are native to Europe and Asia, with their natural habitat ranging from woodlands and rocky slopes to meadows and riverbanks. All parts of the Hellebore plant contain toxic compounds.

Design notes: Since Hellebores have unique sepals that resemble petals, they can create striking contrast when paired with flowers of different shapes and sizes.

Purchasing hints: Choose Hellebores with fresh, firm stems and vibrant, unblemished flowers. Avoid any specimens with wilted or discolored petals

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Hellebores have a long history of cultivation, dating back centuries. They are often associated with folklore and symbolism, with meanings ranging from protection and warding off evil to rebirth and new beginnings.

Video Demonstration:

Winter Wedding Centerpiece