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Helleborus x hybridus 'Morticia'

Lenten Rose

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Helleborus x hybridus ‘Morticia’ – Our selection of Lenten Rose and a special one at that: 'Morticia' is a knockout! The foliage and buds arise from winter dormancy in a deep, dark red-purple color. As the flower buds develop and upon opening they distinguish themselves by darkening to a slate black with a pale creamy yellow central boss. The foliage retains the dark red-purple color for several weeks before it finally, slowly becomes increasingly infused with green. But the flowers retain the slate black color for an extended period; when other H. x hybridus flowers turn chartreuse this one remains black longer, and in some years blackish-infused green – the weather apparently influencing its color. All who have seen this plant want it. There are those who have chidingly threatened to come dig her up in the middle of the night. But considering the bents of the Addams family that might be a dangerous occupation! In the north spring planting is strongly recommended. She's a clumper.

From David H. (NC) on 3.12.2014

Wayne: My order arrived today in great condition--beautifully packed. The uniform red/black tones of Morticia from bud to stem to leaf are unique and exquisite--a special find indeed. I have already recommended you to other gardening friends and wish you well as your business grows. I will definitely be back! David H.

More About Helleborus x hybridus 'Morticia'



12-16 in


Item Description Price  
HELLMORT Helleborus x 'Morticia' (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $26.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Helleborus x hybridus 'Morticia'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Border
  • Rock Garden
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Specimen
  • Accent
  • Natural Garden
  • Woodland

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Humus Laden
  • Organic
  • Moist
  • Woodland


  • Quackin' Grass Nursery

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Helleborus

Hellebores are indispensible in the woodland garden. They are among the earliest, herbaceous plants with the largest, showiest flowers to brave late winter/early spring cold temperatures and shine, shine, shine! Flowers often age to chartreuse (certainly in H. x hybridus) extending the bloom effect. The foliage for most of the following perennials lasts for nearly 3 seasons – from spring until the following winter solstice in northeastern Connecticut. It is said that lime in the planting hole is helpful. We have never done so and they perform wonderfully for us. Open shade, dappled conditions, morning sun/afternoon shade is best. Plant them in any good woodland soil with organic matter. All of the following are offered as pot grown by good old-fashioned perennial division. In the north spring planting is strongly recommended.