Lenten Rose Helleborus × hybridus Harvington pink speckled

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
hellebore Harvington pink speckled


The Helleborus × hybridus Harvington pink speckled, commonly known as Lenten rose, features a beautiful display of outward-facing, cup-shaped flowers. Each petal is a delicate pink hue dappled with deeper pink to purplish speckles that give the bloom a charming and unique appearance. The contrast between the speckles and the lighter pink background adds depth and texture to the visual appeal of the flowers. The plant possesses lustrous, deep green foliage that forms an attractive backdrop for the blooms. The leaves are leathery and typically divided into several segments, which may have serrated or toothed edges. Together, the speckled pink flowers and the rich green foliage create a captivating display that can bring a touch of subtle color and elegance to gardens during the cooler seasons when the plant typically flowers.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Lenten Rose, Winter Rose, Christmas Rose

    • Common names

      Helleborus × hybridus Harvington pink speckled.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Lenten rose, a common name for Helleborus × hybridus, including the Harvington pink speckled variety, contains several toxic compounds that can be harmful if ingested by humans. These compounds, including helleborine, helleborus glycosides, and helleborein, can cause a range of symptoms. Ingestion of any part of the Lenten rose may lead to abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and rarely, depression of the central nervous system. Handling the plant may also trigger dermatitis in sensitive individuals. It is advised to seek medical attention if any parts of the plant are ingested.

    • To pets

      Lenten rose, a common name for Helleborus × hybridus, is also toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. If a pet ingests any part of the Lenten rose, they may experience symptoms such as drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some cases, consuming significant amounts can lead to more severe issues, including colic, depression, and potentially cardiac malfunction. It is important to prevent pets from accessing this plant and to consult a veterinarian immediately if a pet is suspected to have ingested any part of it.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color

      Pink speckled

    • Height

      1-1.5 feet (30-45 cm)

    • Spread

      1-1.5 feet (30-45 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Esthetic Appeal: Helleborus × hybridus Harvington pink speckled, commonly known as Lenten rose, has attractive, speckled pink flowers that add color to the winter and early spring garden when few other plants are flowering.
    • Long-lasting Blooms: The Lenten rose has a prolonged blooming period, with flowers that can last for several weeks, providing extended visual interest.
    • Ease of Care: This plant is known for being low maintenance, requiring minimal attention once established to thrive.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Lenten roses are quite tolerant of dry conditions, making them suitable for gardens with water restrictions.
    • Shade Tolerance: The plant can flourish in partial to full shade conditions, where other flowering plants may struggle.
    • Pest and Disease Resistance: Lenten roses are notably resistant to many pests and diseases, keeping garden maintenance low.
    • Deer and Rabbit Resistance: The foliage and flowers are typically not favored by deer or rabbits, making them an excellent choice for gardens plagued by these animals.
    • Multipurpose Use: Lenten roses are versatile in landscaping, suitable for use in borders, woodland gardens, or as ground cover under deciduous trees.
    • Evergreen Characteristics: In many climates, the Lenten rose retains its foliage throughout the year, providing year-round greenery.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Helleborus x hybridus, often known as Lenten rose, can serve as a natural dye for fabrics. The petals of the pink speckled variety can impart a subtle hue to textiles when boiled down and used in traditional dyeing techniques.
    • The Lenten rose's dried petals can also be used for crafting eco-friendly confetti. The biodegradable nature makes it perfect for outdoor celebrations, reducing environmental impact.
    • As a photography subject, the unique speckled pattern of the Lenten rose can offer a stunning natural motif for botanical photographers or as a subject of artistic studies.
    • In the floral language or floriography, Lenten rose can be used to convey a message of serenity and tranquility, making it a unique component in bouquets with symbolic meaning.
    • The sturdy stems and attractive foliage of the Lenten rose allow it to be utilized in the construction of small, decorative wreaths and other greenery arrangements.
    • Creative gardeners may use the seed pods of the Lenten rose in dried flower arrangements, capitalizing on their unusual shape and texture to add visual interest.
    • Lenten rose can be integrated into mixed media art projects, where pressed leaves and petals can become part of a larger artistic composition.
    • Due to its early blooming season, the Lenten rose is particularly suited for use in educational settings to teach students about phenology and the seasonal changes in plants.
    • When properly treated, the leaves of the Lenten rose can be used in book pressing, providing an organic touch to homemade paper and book covers.
    • The strong visual contrast of dark green leaves and lighter pink speckled flowers of Lenten rose can help with garden design focused on color patterns and visual flow.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Lenten rose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Lenten rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Helleborus, commonly known as Lenten Rose, often blooms in late winter or early spring, pushing through the snow and cold, symbolizing the ability to endure hardship and overcome adversity.
    • Hope: As one of the first flowers to emerge after the winter months, the Lenten Rose is associated with hope and the anticipation of new beginnings and renewed life.
    • Serenity: The gentle appearance and subtle hues of Lenten Rose flowers convey a sense of calm and peace, often used to invite tranquility into a garden or living space.
    • Protection: Historically, Helleborus varieties were believed to ward off evil spirits and negative influences, which is why they were often planted near doorways.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Lenten Rose should be watered deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. In general, aim for about 1 inch of water per week, whether through rainfall or manual watering. During the growing season, this typically translates to 0.623 gallons per square foot every week, though this can vary based on soil type and climate conditions. It's essential to avoid overwatering, as Lenten Rose does not tolerate soggy soil well. During the winter, reduce watering as the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Lenten Rose thrives in partial to full shade, making it an ideal plant for spots that don't receive intense midday sun. The best light conditions are dappled sunlight or bright, indirect light, perhaps under the canopy of deciduous trees or on the north side of a building. Direct sunlight, especially during the afternoon, should be avoided to prevent scorching of the leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Lenten Rose is best suited to a temperature range of about 65°F to 75°F during the day and no less than 50°F at night. The plant can tolerate minimum temperatures down to around 0°F, making it capable of surviving cold winters. It typically prefers cooler climates and may struggle in regions where temperatures often exceed 85°F during the growing season.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Lenten Rose is primarily for aesthetic purposes and health of the plant. Remove dead or yellowing leaves in early spring to make way for new growth and to improve air circulation. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring, just before new growth begins. Pruning should be done annually to maintain a tidy appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Lenten rose requires well-draining soil with an abundance of organic matter; a mix of one part garden soil, one part coarse sand or perlite, and two parts compost or peat moss is ideal. Maintain a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Lenten rose does not need frequent repotting; it can be done every 3-4 years or when the clump outgrows its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Lenten rose thrives in average humidity conditions and does not require any specific humidity adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade with shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Helleborus × hybridus Harvington pink speckled, commonly known as Lenten rose, begins its life cycle as a seed, which upon germination will sprout small roots and shoots. As it matures, the seedling develops true leaves and a sturdy root system, gradually forming a clump of foliage. Lenten rose then enters a vegetative stage, characterized by the expansion of evergreen, leathery leaves, creating a dense mound of foliage. The reproductive phase follows, typically in late winter to early spring, when stalks bearing nodding, cup-shaped, pink-speckled flowers emerge. After pollination, often by bees, the flowers develop into seed pods that ripen and release seeds, propagating the plant and continuing the cycle. Throughout its life, the Lenten rose is a perennial plant, capable of surviving for many years, going dormant during the heat of summer and reviving with cooler temperatures and moisture in autumn.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • Helleborus × hybridus Harvington pink speckled, commonly known as Lenten rose, is most popularly propagated through division. The best time to propagate this plant is in late winter or early spring, just as the plant is emerging from dormancy. To propagate by division, carefully dig up an established plant while trying to keep the root ball intact. Then, using a sharp knife or spade, divide the root ball into smaller sections, ensuring that each new section has at least a couple of healthy growth buds. Replant the divisions at the same depth they were originally growing, spacing them about 12 inches (approximately 30 cm) apart to allow adequate room for growth. Water the new plantings thoroughly to help establish them. This method allows the gardener to maintain the specific traits of Harvington pink speckled specimens, as seed propagation can result in variable offspring.