Helleborus 'Anna's Red'
1 Gallon Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red’
Anna’s Red Lenten Rose
USDA Zones 4-9
This evergreen perennial is a stunner in a shade garden! It grows in bushy, upright clumps up to 18-24” tall & wide. Unlike most hellebores, ‘Anna’s Red’s flowers face outward making it an attractive variety. As their name implies, this hellebore produces reddish purple blooms on sturdy red stems. They bloom heavily for weeks from late winter to early spring. The relatively large, leathery foliage comes out a bronze green color with bright pink veins in the spring. The veins eventually change to a cream color creating a beautiful pattern that can be admired year round. They grow to have a height & spread of 1-2’.
Hellebores grow well in containers & in the ground & thrive in partial to full shade. They do well in shady border gardens, woodland gardens, or anywhere under trees & large shrubs.
When you mass plant them they create an incredible ground cover! They are both deer & rabbit resistant, & attract butterflies 🦋
If you don’t mind waiting a few seasons they will turn into a ground cover on their own! When grown in-ground it will self seed if planted in the same spot & never moved, eventually creating a sea of deep red blooms & vibrant, unique foliage.
To promote a neat appearance & stimulate new growth be sure to dead head faded flowers.
Partial sun, partial shade, full shade
Partial to rich, moist, alkaline, well draining soils. With that being said, they are tolerant plants & as long as they are in moist soil that doesn’t get dry easily or does not stay waterlogged, they should be fine.
Soil should be moist, but not too wet. Waterlogged soil can cause root rot, ultimately leading to your plant’s demise.
Find a sheltered site to protect from cold weather winds.
WARNING: HELLEBORES ARE POISONOUS if ingested & can irritate the skin.
You will receive a 1 gallon size plant similar to those pictures in listing bare root without a pot.
- Immerse the pot/root ball in water shortly before planting until the air bubbles stop rising to the surface. This lets you know your roots are saturated & ready to plant.
- Dig a hole approximately double the size of the current root ball.
- Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole to a good depth.
- Remove the plant from the pot & plant it so deeply that the top of the root ball is lightly covered with soil. Then press down the soil around the plant.
- Water in after planting.
SPACING IS IMPORTANT
Space the plants 80 cm apart because the plants will grow strongly in their second year, requiring more space.