Thursday, 4 February 2016

Self-seeding Hellebores

Some of you will know that I'm trying to establish a patch of Hellebores in my garden. Well, today a significant milestone has been reached. I started two years ago with a pack of six little plug plants. Last year, when the plants had finished flowering I scattered their seeds all over the bed in which the plants have been growing, and today I see that at least one of them has germinated:

At present it is very tiny, and all on its own, but I hope that others will soon be popping up.

Confession time: I have another source of new plants too. Last year, when visiting a "stately home" sort of garden I pinched a few seeds from a clump of Hellebores. There were masses of them, so I don't suppose this was a major misdemeanour. I have no idea what colour they will be, because all the flowers had faded long before I collected the seeds. Hopefully I will get a pleasant surprise. I sowed about half of the seeds I pinched, and from them nine little plants have emerged:

One thing I can tell you about Hellebores already is that they grow very slowly.

It will be a year or two before these little babies have any flowers of their own!

Five of my original six plants are alive and well, though the sixth one died very soon after I got it. I don't remember the names of any of them, but they are all different. This one has very dark-coloured flowers:

I like the dark ones, best, but they are all beautiful. On this next one, the upper surfaces of the petals are greenish-white, and the lower surfaces are purple.

Well, they always say that in gardening you have to take a long-term view, so I'm being patient at present, and I hope that in a few years' time I will be the proud owner of a lovely patch of Hellebore plants.


  1. A year or two to flower - they do require patience! Congrats on your success, on both counts. I love garden surprises and can't wait to see what your "mystery" hellebore seeds produce. Seed collecting/saving is something I do want to delve into more in the future (beyond the basic peas and beans).

  2. I love Hellebores and have them growing in my garden too. You can split them as well and just replant. No need to wait for seeds. The ones I split and moved around the garden have all got new shoots after only 6 months. I wrote a post about it Hopefully you get flowers soon.

  3. I can imagine Jane on the look out whilst you sneaked the seeds. I think thar you heed both dark and light colours to set one another off.

    1. Not far wrong, Sue! There was a gardener nearby, doing some weeding, so I had to nick the seeds while he wasn't looking.

  4. I hope you manage to establish your hellebore patch; they're lovely plants.

  5. HI there, love the hellebores. I tried to post a picture of the same task I am engaged upon in my garden. Just a heads up that you probably don't need . I read that if you are going to transplant the little seedlings it has to be done while they are only a few centimeters tall as they don't like their roots disturbed.

  6. Thank you so much for posting these little seed sprouts!! I have some sprouts that appeared and I want sure what they can't from, but with only sorrel and woodruff around with helibore I'm pretty sure that's what it is!! So exciting!! ❤️


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