Christ­mas roses…

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardening Miscellany -

Helle­borus niger is called the Christ­mas rose, due to a le­gend that it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the baby Je­sus in Beth­le­hem. It is also known some­times as the black helle­bore, (niger in Latin nam­ing means ‘black’), sup­pos­edly in ref­er­ence to its black­ish roots.

It is a tra­di­tional cot­tage-gar­den favourite, and has real value as it flow­ers in the depths of win­ter. It can be dif­fi­cult to grow H. niger well. You’ll strug­gle if your soil is acid, or dry, or in full sun, so it fol­lows that a damp, hu­mus-rich, al­ka­line soil in dap­pled shade is best.

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