May 23, 2012
'Pink Tea Cup' Hellebore
This is the second spring I've enjoyed blooms from my two 'Pink Tea Cup' hellebores. This plant is hardy in zones 5 through 9, its leaves are evergreen and it prefers partial shade. Once established, it can handle dry shade. This cultivar grows about two feet tall and wide.
It's interesting how the color of pink shifts from cool to warm depending on the light. Here you can see the buds, which formed in the first part of April.
Soon the flowers opened their nodding pink heads.
This cultivar is propogated from tissue culture, so all of the plants are uniform, unlike seedling hellebore lines. There are some variations in flower color on each plant, though. The flower above is lighter than most of the others on this plant.
At the end of April, the flowers were still going strong.
You can see that some of the blooms face outward and others look down.
This flower is forming seed pods. I haven't had any seedling hellebores come up yet, but other gardeners have reported plenty of reseeding from their hellebores.
This final shot shows a new leaf emerging. When mature, the plant will form a lovely clump of wide, hand-shaped leaves that will look fresh until the first part of next year.