Helleborus x ballardiae Merlin

GoldŽ Series

Lenten Rose, Hellebore

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Plant Code: HEMR

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Outward-facing, medium-pink flowers on thick plum-colored stems cast their spell nestled within the foliage. As the flowers mature, their color magically transforms to deeper cranberry-pink tones. From the Helleborus Gold CollectionŽ (HGC). Helleborus Merlin is a sturdy hybrid bred in Germany by Josef Heuger. Earning their gold status; large single flowers bloom early and long. The outward-facing flowers allow for effortless viewing as they brave the elements in late winter/early spring. Prominent veining on leathery evergreen foliage is showy even when not in bloom. These charming first-flowering perennials of spring are easy to grow and low maintenance. Float flowers in clear bowls for an elegant centerpiece.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 12-15"
Spacing: Plant 24" apart
Bloom Time: Early Spring to Late Spring
Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic, Sandy
Flower: Pink
Patent: PP22,350 'Coseh810'
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Edgers
  • Evergreen
  • Long-Blooming
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Winter Interest

Helleborus General Information

Helleborus was named the Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year in 2005. Helleborus are perfect perennials when you need a splash of color as you weary of winter's grip. Lovely nodding cup-shaped flowers herald the coming of spring. Avoid dry soil with full sun. Good evergreen groundcover. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Helleborus Plant Care

Prefers humus-rich, well-drained soil and consistent moisture to establish, then are carefree. Spent flower heads can be cut back to promote new foliage growth or to prevent unwanted volunteer seedlings. Many plantlets will form around base of parent plant and will bloom around the third year if left alone. Division is generally not needed (or recommended) but can be performed in early spring if desired. Remove young side plantlets with roots and replant. Water well.