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Josef Lemper Hellebore

Helleborus niger 'Josef Lemper'

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Josef Lemper Hellebore (Helleborus niger 'Josef Lemper') at Shonnard's Nursery

Josef Lemper Hellebore flowers

Josef Lemper Hellebore flowers

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Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Joseph Lemper Hellebore, Lenten Rose, Winter Rose

Group/Class:  Gold Collection


Cup-shaped pure white flowers will age to light green; cool weather can produce pink tinged blooms; flowers emerge in late fall to early winter, when most others are finished; a welcome sight in the garden

Ornamental Features

Josef Lemper Hellebore features showy nodding white cup-shaped flowers with buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from late fall to early winter. Its serrated oval compound leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Josef Lemper Hellebore is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Josef Lemper Hellebore is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Josef Lemper Hellebore will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 22 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features