10 Beautiful Species of the Common Hellebore Plant


Every year, the Helleborus genus, of which there are over 20 species, produces hundreds of thousands of flowers. This common flower is often associated with Christmas due to its bright colors and abundance at that time of year. It can be easily cultivated in most climates and thrives in shady areas. Try planting it next to your house for a bright pop of color throughout winter!

We’ve compiled 10 beautiful species here for you – just click on the titles or photos for more information about each plant!

The Green-flowered Hellebore

A waterfall with trees in the background

This variety has green flowers with yellow markings at the base which sometimes also appear on the stem. Despite their subtlety, they are very attractive.

The Helleborus orientalis ‘Albus’

A vase filled with purple flowers

This flower has white petals that are larger than those of other varieties, making them stand out even more.

The Helleborus Dardanus Niobe Group

Dardanus is a very rare variety which comes from Turkey and produces large flowers with unique cream-colored markings on their throats. This variety is quite particular to cultivation, so you’ll need to consult your local nursery for details about how to grow it successfully.

The Helleborus niger ‘Viridis’

This plant’s leaves are variegated with jagged edges in green and pale white. The flowers are also very attractive, as they consist of a vivid green base color and white tips on the petals.

The Helleborus Argenteus

This variety’s Latin name describes its appearance, as it is characterized by its silver and green leaves and stems! This plant can grow up to 16″ tall and produces large, star-shaped blooms that begin out white before turning pink during their aging process. This flower looks unique from every angle; you’ll want to capture this beauty in your garden from all sides.

The Helleborus ‘Wester Flisk Group’ (syn: H. x sternii)

These plants produce very showy flowers that can reach a diameter of 5″. The variety is named after its place of origin in western Scotland and can be found all over England. Its blooms feature white petals with purple stems and they come in bunches!

The Helleborus ‘Adonis’ Group

This flower’s name describes the beautiful oranges and reds on its petals, which really stand out among its green leaves against the backdrop of winter snow! This plant produces tall, jagged blooms that can reach up to 9″ across.

The Helleborus orientalis ‘Victoriae’

These flowers are large and very rare; they produce star-shaped, white blooms with a green or pink tint. They’re also very fragrant!

The Helleborus orientalis ‘Erectus’

This variety’s flowers are large and quite spectacular, as they take the shape of stars that become more spherical as they age! Their deep colors contrast well against their bright white throats.

Helleborus x hybridus (syn: H. argutifolius) ‘Nora Barlow’ (PPAF)

This flower is named after the world-famous naturalist who first introduced it to cultivation in her garden at Down House in Kent, England. It can be recognized by its unique brown markings on its throat and its grayish-green leaves.


The Helleborus genus is a large one which includes over 20 species! These plants are very easy to cultivate and can be displayed in beds, borders or containers. They’re also quite charming with their bright colors and jagged leaves. If you want to bring a touch of nature into your home, why not try adding a few of these flowers to your garden this winter?

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