Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore) (plug)

£ 2.89

This item will be released 22 April, 2024.

Helleborus foetidus

Also known as the English Hellebore, Helleborus foetidus likes soils that are alkaline/limey. Striking lime green clusters of flowers December to March. Frost hardy with dissected evergreen foliage.

Each plug measures 10 cm (4 inches) root to foliage tip.


Available for pre-ordering

QuantityPrice per unit
0 - 4 £ 2.89
5 - 9 £ 2.46 15% off
10 + £ 2.17 25% off
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Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore) is an evergreen perennial which grows up to 60cm with erect stems and striking lime green clusters of flowers and dissected evergreen foliage. 

Also known as an English Hellebore, it is described by the RHS as follows:- 

‘Nodding, usually purple-edged, pale green flowers up to 2cm in width are borne in large open clusters from late winter. It has  erect stems, and leaves palmately divided with narrow dark green leaflets. Its other common names include: 

stinking hellebore , barfoot, bearfoot, bear’s foot, foetid hellebore, ox heel, setterwort, stinkwort’ 

Source: https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=3063 

Harvington Hellebores® are excellent, easy to grow garden plants and flower at that time of year when there may be little or no other floral colour. They are winter flowering, frost hardy perennials, that reliably come back year after year, flowering from December through to the end of March. Their dark green, glossy, evergreen foliage also provides year-round interest.  

Hellebores look particularly attractive against planting companions such as snowdrops, aconites and early daffodils. They create a perfect ground cover for areas of dappled shade, such as borders under deciduous trees and shrubs, but will also thrive in patio pots.   

Upon receiving your Harvington Hellebores® plugs, please allow some light and air into your plants immediately and keep them in a cool light place.  Ensure that the plug plants are kept moist at all times and plant them as soon as possible after receiving them.  If possible, plant each plug in a 1 or 2 litre sized deep pot or container for this growing season so that they establish well before planting them out. Once they have rooted down into the pots they will be ready to plant into the garden or into containers in the autumn or following spring. 

To find out more about planting your Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore) plugs please see our Hellebores Planting Advice page. 

As a specialist nursery, now based in South Lincolnshire, we have developing Harvington Hellebores® for over 30 years.  All plants offered are propagated and grown by us here on our nursery.  We are passionate about the quality of our plants and are constantly striving to achieve clarity of flower colour, attractive foliage and garden worthiness within our Harvington Hellebores® range. Our dedication has attracted interest from the national press, who have written more about our story, as follows:  



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