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Christmas Rose (Hellebore niger)

Christmas Rose is not really a rose but a member of the buttercup family known botanically as Hellebore niger.

A traditional holiday plant in Europe, Christmas rose is finding its way into North American homes. You may have grown it in the garden, but growing one indoors for the holidays may be something new to try.

Cool bright light is key to indoor growing success.  Water thoroughly whenever the top inch of potting mix is dry to the touch. Make sure the plants do not sit in excess water that can collect in the saucer, decorative foil or basket.

Keep the plants out of reach of curious children and pets as consuming large amounts can make them ill.

Those gardening in zones 3 to 8 can transplant this holiday plant out in the garden in spring after the danger of frost has passed.  Grow Christmas rose in a partially shaded location and moist well-drained soil.

A bit more information: The Christmas rose blooms in outdoor gardens sometime between December and April, depending on your location. Flowers begin appearing as the snow recedes, a welcome sight for gardeners. And don’t worry as the old evergreen leaves begin to fade.  New leaves appear after the flowers fade.

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