The Christmas Rose is actually a buttercup. Helleborus niger, known as the Christmas Rose, also has the frustrating tendency of not blooming until Easter - making it all the more confusing to tell it apart from the Lenten Rose, Helleborus orientalis. Good thing both of these Hellebores also share an undemanding ease of growing and a deceptively delicate beauty. They can be a little pricy to buy, but once they're established, they spread and can easily be divided. Try growing a few different hellebores in your garden and see which does best. Then please let me know.
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