Hellebores – Helleborus niger

Symbolism: Hellebores carry a dual symbolism. They represent peace, serenity, and tranquility, but also scandal and anxiety.

Hellebores have a rich history in Greek mythology and legends, and have long been associated with healing, protection, and transformative powers.

Description: Hellebores, also known as Christmas roses, are vibrant, luxurious, wild, and exquisite. They are characterized by their saucer-shaped white, green, purple, or occasionally bright pink flowers. Several species of the Helleborus genus are poisonous to mammals.

Named after: The flower’s scientific name, Helleborus, may derive from the ancient Greek word helléboros, constructed from heleîn, meaning "to injure") and borá, meaning "food."

Latin/Scientific name: Helleborus niger

Native to: Eastern Alps, spreading through Germany (primarily Bavaria), Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and the Northern Balkans 

Flowering period: From late November until spring, depending on species or hybrid

Vase life: 3 to 7 days

Popular use in floral arrangements or bouquets: Hellebores are often used in floral arrangements as a funky element or special texture flower.

When in stock in our shops: Sporadically. We carry both cut and potted Hellebores as part of our indoor flowering plant collection, when they are in season.

Potted plant care


  • Place your potted hellebore plant in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight.

  • Hellebores prefer partial shade, especially in hot climates.


  • Use a well-draining potting mix that is rich in organic matter, such as compost or peat moss.

  • Hellebores prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.


  • Water your hellebore plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

  • Water the plant thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.

  • Avoid overwatering as it can cause root rot.

 Temperature & Humidity

  • Hellebore plants prefer cool temperatures (55-68°F, 13-20°C).

  • They can tolerate dry indoor air, but prefer a humid environment.

  • Placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier can help maintain adequate humidity levels.


  • Fertilize your hellebore plant in the spring with a slow-release fertilizer.

  • Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

Transitioning Indoors to Outdoors

  • Hellebore plants are typically grown outdoors in the ground, but they can also be grown in containers.

  • If you decide to transition your hellebore plant from indoors to outdoors, do so gradually to avoid shock.

  • Start by placing the plant in a shaded outdoor area for a few hours a day and gradually increase the exposure to sunlight over time.

  • Ensure the outdoor soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogged conditions. 

Love hellebores potted or cut?

Call us and we’ll let you know if they are in our stores.

Westmount: (514) 488-9121

Pointe-Claire: (514) 697-5858

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