Helleborus foetidus ‘Miss Jekyll’s Scented’
Helleborus foetidus ‘Miss Jekyll’s Scented’ has unusual purple lipped, nodding creamy-green bells.
Sweetly scented winter blooms
And they fill the garden with their distinctive Mahonia like fragrance for weeks, during late winter and early spring.
This is a rare, and sweetly perfumed form of Helleborus foetidus.
Helleborus foetidus ‘Miss Jekyll’s Scented’ is also a tall and elegant Hellebore.
With thick, waxy, divided, evergreen foliage, so she is ideal for planting in both Sun or Shade positions.
Perfect under trees & shrubs
It is an exceptionally tough grower, so can cope happily with Deep Shade as well as Dappled Shade, Deciduous Shade, or Morning Sun.
And can manage with minimal water in all positions, because it is quite dry hardy once established.
‘Miss Jekyll’s Scented’ is a tough and easy growing perennial.
But a treasure because of delicious scent and her bunches of charming bells with their purple lipstick (the real Miss Jekyll was far too proper to ever wear purple lipstick).
And she and will also happily self-sow new babies each year, without ever becoming a nuisance (unlike the real Miss Jekyll)
Tough and easy growing but a treasure
Helleborus foetidus ‘Miss Jekyll’s Scented’ is remarkably hardy to frost, heat and dry.
And she is not fussy on soil type (unlike the real Miss Jekyll who was a tartar about everything to do with plants and gardening).
But she does enjoy good drainage.
45cm. High with large clustered heads of bloom x 45cm. Wide approx. of handsome, waxy foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
These seeds of Helleborus foetidus ‘Miss Jekyll’s Scented’ depend on having several months in cold damp seed raising mix.
So sow seeds immediately you receive them and keep the punnet / pots in a cold place ie. in the fridge (not freezer) / a shade house / or completely shaded part of the garden for the winter cold.
But if you are placing them outside for the natural winter to do the chilling job – than make sure you cover the punnet / pots with some bird and rodent proof wire so you don’t lose your seeds to hungry wildlife. (Native Antechinus are cute – but not that cute to sacrifice your beautiful Helleborus to).
Natural germination will occur in cooler months May to September.
Never be tempted to use artificial heat, as this will prevent them from germinating, and may even kill the seeds.
Pot on seedlings, as they germinate, to mature before planting out in the garden.
And do not be too hasty to throw away Hellebore seed punnets, as some seeds may germinate quite a while after the early risers. It is a natural trick of this plant to stagger seed germination so as to give a sporting chance their babies will germinate into a period of favourable weather.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the count and give a generous serve).
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