Helleborus is true winter delight! Part of the Ranunculus family, Helleborus have become increasingly popular in winter arrangements. The most popular Helleborus variety is the Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger). Most species originally come from Europe and Asia, specifically, from the Balkans.
The botanical name Helleborus is a composition of the words elein (to injure) and bora (food). The name is a reference to the poisonous nature of the plant. The plant blooms mainly in the winter, and therefore is often referred to as a ‘Winter Rose’ or ‘Christmas Rose’. The plant was used throughout history for its medicinal properties. The philosopher Hippocrates used Helleborus as a laxative and as a remedy for mental illness. However, this was not without risks; All Helleborus species are extremely toxic.
Helleborus Niger originates, according to an ancient legend, from the tears of a young shepherdess that fell in the snow. The girl was crying because she had no present for the newborn baby Jesus. A lot of people passed by with their beautiful gifts and delicious food for the Christ child. An angel saw her weeping and came down. She changed the tears in the snow into a beautiful flower. Now the shepherdess had a beautiful white flower to give to baby Jesus. In the US Helleb
us is a symbol for pioneering and survival.
Colors, Shapes, and Availability
The season for Helleborus depends on the varieties. Some varieties only occur in spring, these are the colored tones in particular. The characteristic light green Helleborus (Winterbells) is available year-round but has a strong association with the winter. The most common colors are; bright green, pink, red, purple, yellow and even black tones. Many flowers have multiple colors. We can divide two types; the sensitive variety which is short-stemmed and colorful and the hardier variety which are generally green. All of the species share the same flower shape.
It’s the perfect flower for a wedding in winter and spring. The flower has a romantic look and is available in beautiful soft colors. Instead of a red Rose for Valentine’s Day, dare to choose a bouquet with Helleborus. The flower is perfect to combine with Euphorbia, Brassica, Anemone, and Skimmia. Also, the combination of Helleborus, Amaryllis, Freesia, and luscious greenery is lovely.
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Inspect the flowers when you receive them. After that, cut them with a sharp knife and place them in clean water with flower food. For a longer vase life make sure they are kept in a cool climate.