Helleborus argutifolius

Scientific name: Helleborus argutifolius

Synonym: Helleborus corsicus , Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus


Common names: “Corsican hellebore” “holly-leaved hellebore”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial


Zone: 6-9

Light: Partial shade best – tolerates full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Humus rich fertile soil, neutral – alkaline

Moisture: Moist well drained


Plant Size: H 4′ W 3′

Leaf and Stem shape: 3 leathery leaflets per leaf, with spiny edges

Flower: Pendent, cupped, pale green flowers in terminal cymes at the end of leaf stems

Pruning: Cut out old leaves as flowers emerge, after flowering cut everything down as the stem is biennial

Maintenance:  Transplant younger plants rather than old ones, sprinkle lime dust to control fungi

Landscape use: Flower boarders and beds, underplanting of roses

Propagate: By seed

Pests & Disease: Black spot, aphids attack when too dry

*Deer resistant

Comments:  Different from other hellebore’s by flowering on stems with leaves, tolerates sun and drought better, toxic sap

~AGM winner



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