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Although hellebores start flowering at any time from January onwards, they don’t make good cut flowers until the blooms are fully mature. The delicate tracery of their stamens held in the centres of nodding heads is truly stunning, but it’s best to wait for these stamens and their pollen to drop, and for the central seed pod to start to form before cutting hellebores for the vase. Cut before they reach this stage this stage, hellebores are likely to droop and sulk, however hard you try to cosset them.

Hellebores are delicate beauties and are best suited to arrangements where the stems will be kept in water, but if cut very mature, they will last in wedding bouquets to be enjoyed over the course of a day.

Every flower grower loves a hellebore because they provide colour and interest in the bleakest, darkest months of the year. They’re also loved because the growers get to enjoy them in situ for weeks before they are used as cut flowers, and this isn’t something they get to experience very often!

More about hellebores

FAQs about these delicate but hardy flowers which we can’t live without for interest in late winter and spring arrangements.

  • Are 'Christmas roses' hellebores?

    Yes, that's the common name given to (often short stemmed) early flowering white varieties. Other common names for hellebores include Lenten rose (they're in flower at Easter also), snow rose and winter rose - but they are not related to the rose family in the botanical sense.
  • What kind of position do hellebores like in the garden?

    Hellebores are tough plants and will grow in many situations but do best with some shade. They are semi evergreen perennial plants which mean they will retain their leaves through winter and flower for you year after year.
  • What colours do hellebores come in?

    Vivid lime greens, whites, palest to dark dusky pinks, purples, dark mauves and slatey blacks.
  • How long do hellebores last in the vase?

    Hellebores will not generally last well if cut before the seed pods start to form in the centre of the flowers. Some varieties are quite sturdy so it's a case of trial and error in testing out your particular types. Cut the right stage, they will last 3-7 days in a vase.
  • When are hellebores available as cut flowers?

    Because they're tricky as cut flowers, hellebores are very hard to find in the commercial cut flower supply chain. Locally grown by artisan flower farmers, the very large statuesque green Corsica varieties are available from February, with the more delicate Lenten rose types ready at the right stage for picking from March.