Hellebore 'Harvington Shades of the Night' Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
hellebore 'Harvington Shades of the Night'


Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is a perennial plant with dark green, leathery leaves that form a basal rosette. Its distinctive feature is its nodding, cup-shaped flowers, which come in various shades of deep purples, near-black, and maroon. These elegant flowers have prominent stamens and can measure up to 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) in diameter. The plant's overall appearance is characterized by its low-growing, clumping habit and evergreen foliage, providing year-round interest in the garden.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose

    • Common names

      Helleborus orientalis 'Harvington Shades of the Night', Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is considered toxic to humans if ingested. Ingesting any part of the plant can lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and, in severe cases, more serious health issues. It is essential to exercise caution and avoid consuming any part of this plant.

    • To pets

      Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is also toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. Ingesting the plant can result in symptoms such as drooling, gastrointestinal upset, abdominal pain, and, in severe cases, more severe health problems. Pet owners should be aware of the plant's toxicity and take precautions to keep their pets from accessing it.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Spread

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Garden Ornamental: Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' adds beauty and color to gardens with its striking flowers.
    • Winter Interest: Its evergreen foliage and early blooming flowers provide interest in winter when many other plants are dormant.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers attract pollinators, such as bees, providing a food source in early spring.
    • Low Maintenance: This perennial requires minimal care once established, making it a low-maintenance addition to the garden.
    • Naturalizing: It can naturalize in suitable conditions, forming attractive clumps over time.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is not commonly used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    Air Purifying Qualities: Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dye Source: The roots of Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' have been historically used to create natural dyes, producing various shades of brown and green.
    • Foliage in Floral Arrangements: The evergreen foliage of this plant can be used in floral arrangements and wreaths for a unique and long-lasting touch of greenery.
    • Symbolism: Hellebores, including this variety, have symbolic significance in various cultures and can be used in rituals, ceremonies, and artistic representations.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The early spring blooms of hellebores can attract pollinators like bees and provide a food source for them.
    • Naturalizing in Woodland Gardens: This plant can be left to naturalize in woodland or shade gardens, creating a carpet of dark foliage and unique flowers.
    • Folklore and Myths: Hellebores have been associated with folklore and myths, making them of interest for storytelling and cultural exploration.
    • Eco-Friendly Pest Control: Some gardeners use hellebores as a natural pest control measure, as they may deter certain garden pests.
    • Craft Projects: The dried flowers and seed pods can be used in various craft projects, such as wreaths and dried flower arrangements.
    • Winter Interest: The evergreen leaves and interesting seed pods can provide visual interest in winter gardens.
    • Floral Artistry: The unique appearance of hellebore flowers can inspire floral artists and designers to create distinctive arrangements.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' symbolizes rebirth and transformation due to its early spring blooming, emerging from the winter's cold and darkness.

Every 2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring to early summer
Late winter - early spring
  • water dropWater

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' should be watered thoroughly but infrequently. Water deeply when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. Ensure that the plant is in well-draining soil to prevent waterlogged roots. Use a saucer under the pot to catch excess water and avoid letting the plant sit in standing water. Water early in the day to allow any excess moisture to evaporate, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Typically, watering every 2-3 weeks should suffice, but adjust based on your specific environmental conditions.

  • sunLight

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' thrives in partial to full shade. It prefers dappled sunlight or bright indirect light. Avoid exposing it to harsh, direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves and flowers. In indoor settings, place it near a north or east-facing window to provide the ideal lighting conditions.

  • thermometerTemperature

    This plant can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but thrives in cool to moderate conditions. It can survive temperatures as low as 10°F (-12°C) in winter, making it suitable for colder climates. However, it performs best in temperatures between 50-65°F (10-18°C) during the growing season. Avoid exposing it to extreme heat, and protect it from frost during the winter months.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' in late winter or early spring before new growth emerges. Remove any damaged or dead leaves, stems, and spent flower stalks to encourage new growth and maintain a tidy appearance. Pruning is essential to prevent the plant from looking unkempt and to promote healthy foliage and blooming. Wear gloves when handling the plant, as its sap can be a skin irritant.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' thrives in well-draining, humus-rich soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. A recommended soil mix includes a blend of garden soil, compost, and coarse sand or perlite for improved drainage. Aim for a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 to create the ideal soil environment for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' typically does not require frequent repotting. Repotting is usually necessary every 3-4 years, or when you notice the plant has outgrown its container and is becoming root-bound. When repotting, choose a container that is slightly larger than the current one to accommodate the plant's growth. Repot in early spring before new growth begins to minimize stress on the plant.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' is adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels and does not have specific humidity requirements. It can tolerate both indoor and outdoor humidity conditions, making it a versatile plant for various environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      To grow Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' indoors, place it near a north or east-facing window to provide bright, indirect light. Maintain a cool to moderate indoor temperature, ideally between 50-65°F (10-18°C). Water the plant thoroughly but infrequently, ensuring the soil remains well-draining. Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Prune as needed in late winter or early spring to maintain its appearance.

    • Outdoor

      When growing Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night' outdoors, choose a shaded or partially shaded location with well-draining soil. Ensure the soil is rich in organic matter and maintains a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Water the plant regularly but avoid waterlogged conditions. Protect it from extreme heat and frost. Prune in late winter or early spring to remove dead or damaged growth and encourage new growth and blooming.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night,' commonly known as Lenten Rose, goes through several important stages in its life cycle. It begins as a seed, typically produced after flowering in late spring to early summer. These seeds may take some time to germinate, and they often require a period of cold stratification to break dormancy.

    Once germination occurs, the seedlings develop into young plants with their first set of true leaves. During this stage, they are delicate and should be protected from harsh conditions. As they grow, the plants establish themselves, developing a rosette of evergreen, leathery leaves that persist year-round.

    In late winter to early spring, Lenten Roses begin to produce their unique and colorful flowers. These flowers emerge on sturdy stems and can vary in color, including shades of pink, purple, white, and more. The bloom period can extend for several weeks, depending on the local climate.

    After flowering, the plant sets seeds, which eventually mature and drop to the ground. These seeds can then germinate, completing the life cycle of Helleborus × hybridus 'Harvington Shades of the Night.'

    This plant's life cycle is characterized by its ability to thrive in partial to full shade and its resilience to cold weather, making it a beloved addition to gardens in many regions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • Helleborus is typically propagated through division. This is best done in early spring, just as new growth starts to emerge. To propagate, dig up the mature plant and carefully separate the root clumps into smaller sections, making sure each section has healthy roots and several buds. Replant the divided sections in well-prepared soil at the same depth as the original plant. Water thoroughly after planting, and keep the newly divided plants well-watered until they establish themselves. This method is simple and effective, allowing you to expand your Helleborus collection and ensure healthy, vibrant plants in your garden.

  • insectPests

    Scale insects, Aphid, Slugs and snails

  • microbeDiseases

    Root Rot, Powdery mildew