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Hooray for hellebore season! I'm enjoying mine, too. At a time when the snowdrops have faded and woodlanders such as bloodroot are just making their shy appearance, hellebores give me faith that a new gardening season is truly on the way!

Mahonia & nandina & more are on our invasive plant list.

It's curious helleborus are not.

My garden is old, it has mahonia, nandina, & the too-rapidly-seeding-helleborus.

Have taken entire sections of nandina out, replaced with camellia. Have also taken out loads of helleborus.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Talk to me more about how the hellebores don't seem to mind maple-root choked soil....I have an area under a huge old maple tree (that gets nice morning-to-noon sun) that nothing seems to survive in (except weeds that are not interesting to look at). When I describe it to other gardeners, they either roll their eyes or say some version of "Under a maple tree? Good luck". Hellebore sounds lovely and interesting!

Two of mine are growing directly underneath an old sugar maple--right next to the trunk. The others (the ones pictured here) are in the root range of 3 Norway maples.

Great post! And a lesson in supporting great nurseries while you have a chance! If we want sources for amazing plants like we find at Plant Delights, Arrowhead Alpines, and Annie's Annuals we've got to keep them in business!

Thanks Elizabeth. My maple is a bigleaf, I think I'll play around with the hellebores and see what happens!

Elizabeth, what WNY nursuries do you like for hellebores?

I have seen nice ones at Lockwood's and Mike Weber.

Elizabeth, I tried to post this earlier but it disappeared. Are you familiar with Munchkin Nursery in Indiana? Gene Bush, the owner, has many woodland plants; lots of hellebores and hepaticas, etc. The quality is good and the prices, in my opinion, reasonable. I got that double red hellebore and a nearly black one from him, as well as a hepatica that's just about to bloom. I highly recommend Munchkin Nursery!

Long long ago, before the hellebore craze, when I only knew them as christmas or lenten rose, I bought one at a little nursury at the tail end of summer for a buck. For years it did nothing. No bloom, just a few leaves. Finally it bloomed. The greeny pink one. Finally it is looking good. So I was thrilled when I found a baby some yards away. And now you tell me it is invasive?! It seems to take about 12 years for something to suddenly become invasive in my garden. Spiderwort, Babtista, even european ginger pops up all over the place (and thrives in full sun)and now I will have to watch out for the hellebores. Whereas all the cool heruchias just squat there and dwindle away. As does black eyed susans.

These are really beautiful. I don't have any yet, but think I should give them a try. How large do hellebores get?

I can't wait for the plant breeders to get more of them to look up - I like a face-to-face conversation with my bloomers. A few do but most point down.

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