- Position: partial shade
- Soil: neutral to alkaline soil, including heavy soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February to April
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
Large, pendent or outward-facing, deep purple-black flowers appear in late winter and early spring adding interest to shady borders, woodland gardens or patio pots. Their brooding colour forms an interesting contrast when planted next to glowing snowdrops and creamy white daffodils.
- Garden care: Add lots of well-rotted leaf mould or organic matter to the planting hole. Cut the old leaves back down to the ground in January or February as this will show off the new emerging flowers to best effect. It will also help to get rid of foliar diseases such as Hellebore leaf spot. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted organic matter around the base of the plant in autumn and provide a top-dressing of general fertiliser each spring. Cut off the seed heads to prevent inferior seedlings colonising.
- Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
“Plum pinks, whites and greens - the subtle colours of spring - support darker reds and slate- blacks”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer