Helleborus croaticus

Helleborus croaticus Martinis

A rarely seen, newly confirmed species, close to both H. atrorubens and H. torquatus.


A deciduous plant reaching about 15in/38cm, with rounded foliage split into up to eighty rather linear leaflets, and generally similar to H. atrorubens. In January to March the flowers, reminiscent of H. torquatus, are carried in a rather open head with long slender bracts and are usually dark purple, sometimes with reddish tints, inside and out. Grows wild in north east Croatia.


Enjoys full sun, if supplied with sufficient moisture, but not waterlogged soil. Propagate by division as hybridising with other species is likely.

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