Lenten Rose Helleborus × hybridus 'Yellow Lady' (Lady Series)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
hellebore 'Yellow Lady'


The 'Yellow Lady' plant is a stunning perennial that belongs to the Lady Series of hellebores. This particular variety is admired for its beautiful cup-shaped flowers that bloom in a delightful shade of yellow, often with a subtle hint of green. The petals often show gentle marbling or spotting, which enhances the visual appeal of each bloom. These flowers usually appear in late winter to early spring, bringing much-needed cheer to the garden when not much else is blooming. Each flower is made up of five overlapping petals that encircle a central cluster of conspicuous stamens, adding to their decorative appearance. The foliage of the 'Yellow Lady' consists of leathery, dark green leaves that maintain their attractive look throughout the season. The leaves are divided into several segments with toothed edges, giving the plant a textured and rich appearance. 'Yellow Lady' is among those choices for gardeners seeking to create a tapestry of early spring blooms, often positioned in partial shade areas where its bright flowers can truly stand out against the darker background of the foliage.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Lenten Rose, Winter Rose, Christmas Rose

    • Common names

      Helleborus × hybridus 'Yellow Lady' (Lady Series).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Lenten rose, which includes the 'Yellow Lady', is considered to be toxic if ingested by humans. All parts of the plant contain glycosides, which can cause severe vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, and diarrhea if ingested. In some cases, eating parts of this plant can also lead to a slowed heart rate or other cardiac complications. It is important to handle this plant with care, as it can also cause skin irritation in some individuals.

    • To pets

      The Lenten rose, which includes the 'Yellow Lady', is toxic to pets such as cats and dogs. Ingesting any part of the plant can lead to symptoms including drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. In severe cases, ingestion could result in tremors or seizures. As with humans, all parts of the plant are poisonous due to the presence of glycosides, and pets should be prevented from eating or chewing on any part of the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • 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

    • Extended Bloom Period: Helleborus Yellow Lady typically flowers in late winter to early spring, offering color when few other plants are blooming.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, this plant requires minimal watering and is quite drought-tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Pest and Disease Resistance: The plant is known for being resistant to many pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Shade Tolerance: It can thrive in partial to full shade, making it ideal for woodland gardens or darker parts of the garden.
    • Deer and Rabbit Resistant: The foliage and flowers are generally avoided by deer and rabbits, which helps prevent damage.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Early blooms of Helleborus Yellow Lady attract pollinators such as bees, providing a valuable food source when little else is available.
    • Evergreen Foliage: Offers year-round interest with its evergreen leaves, even when not in flower.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, which is ideal for busy gardeners or those seeking low-maintenance landscapes.
    • Versatile Landscaping Use: Can be used in a variety of settings such as borders, containers, or as groundcover due to its mounding growth habit.
    • Visual Interest: The unique, cup-shaped yellow flowers add a distinctive look to any garden.

  • 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 'Yellow Lady' can be used as a natural dye, particularly the petals, which could yield subtle yellowish or greenish hues for fabric dyeing.
    • The blossoms of hellebores can float in a bowl of water, creating an elegant and serene water feature for indoor decoration.
    • Dried hellebore petals can be incorporated into potpourri mixes to add texture and color, enhancing the visual appeal of the mixture.
    • Hellebore flowers can be used in winter wedding bouquets and floral arrangements as they are one of the few flowers that are in bloom during that season.
    • The plant can be used in frost-themed garden designs, as it tolerates and blooms in cold weather, adding life and color to the winter landscape.
    • Ink can be made from the petals of the hellebore, used for artistic purposes such as calligraphy or botanical illustration.
    • The leathery leaves of the hellebore can be used in craft projects, like imprinting their shape and vein patterns into clay or plaster for decorative items.
    • Photographers may use the vibrant hellebore flowers as a natural backdrop or subject in macro photography due to their intricate details.
    • Hellebore flower petals can be used in creating natural confetti for eco-friendly celebrations, as they are biodegradable and add a colorful touch.
    • The plant can serve as a natural distraction for pests, drawing them away from more delicate plants in a garden due to its hardiness and toxicity to many garden pests.

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: Hellebore, commonly known as Lenten Rose, often blooms in late winter or early spring, symbolizing the ability to endure and flourish even through adversity and challenging conditions.
    • Protection: Historically, hellebores were thought to have protective qualities and were used to ward off negative influences and evil spirits, representing safety and security.
    • Hope: The early flowering of the Lenten Rose signifies hope and the arrival of spring, suggesting the promise of new beginnings and renewal after dark periods.
    • Beauty: With its delicate and attractive flowers, the Lenten Rose embodies beauty, elegance, and grace, often used in gardens for its ornamental value.
    • Serenity: The subdued hues and the plant's ability to thrive in the quiet of winter gardens lend it a symbolic association with tranquility and peacefulness.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Late Winter to Early Spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Lenten Rose, the common name for Helleborus × hybridus 'Yellow Lady', should be watered deeply but infrequently, ensuring that the soil is moist but not waterlogged. Aim to water approximately once a week during the active growing season, but adjust based on weather conditions and soil moisture levels. Provide about 1 gallon of water per plant for each watering session to ensure the soil is thoroughly moistened. During the winter, reduce watering as the plant requires less moisture. Always check the soil before watering to avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Lenten Rose prefers partial to full shade, thriving in a spot that is shielded from the intense afternoon sun. An ideal location would be beneath deciduous trees where it can receive dappled sunlight or in a north-facing garden bed that offers bright, indirect light. Avoid placing it in full sun, especially in hotter climates, as it can cause the foliage to scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Lenten Rose is hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures, but it performs best in cooler environments. The ideal temperature for growth is between 35°F and 85°F. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about 5°F but should be protected from harsh winds and extreme cold. In hot climates, providing afternoon shade can help keep temperatures around the plant cooler.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Lenten Rose to remove old, damaged, or diseased foliage and to promote healthy growth and air circulation. The best time to prune is late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Cut back the previous year's leaves to ground level once the flowers start to emerge. This helps to highlight the new blossoms and also reduces the risk of disease.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Lenten Rose prefers a well-draining, humus-rich soil mix with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5. A good mix could be one part garden soil, one part compost, and one part gritty material like perlite or fine bark to enhance drainage and air flow around the roots.

  • plantRepotting

    Lenten Rose does not need frequent repotting and can generally be repotted every 3 to 4 years. It prefers to be left undisturbed, so repot only when the plant has outgrown its current container or the soil has degraded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Lenten Rose thrives best in outdoor conditions where it can receive natural humidity. It is not particularly humidity-sensitive, but maintaining moderate humidity around the plant will suffice, as it is used to the damp conditions of its natural woodland habitat.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, enrich soil, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Helleborus × hybridus 'Yellow Lady', commonly known as Lenten Rose, begins its life cycle as a seed which germinates in spring to early summer. The seedling stage can last a year or more, during which it develops a root system and a rosette of leaves. In subsequent years, the plant enters a vegetative stage, establishing itself as a perennial with evergreen leaves and a thickened, rhizomatous rootstock. As it matures, typically in its third year or later, the Lenten Rose progresses to the flowering stage, typically blooming from late winter to early spring with yellow, bowl-shaped flowers. After pollination, often by insects, the plant produces seed capsules that eventually dry and release seeds to start the life cycle anew. Post-flowering, the plant enters a period of dormancy during the hot summer months, conserving energy for the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late Winter to Early Spring

    • Helleborus × hybridus 'Yellow Lady', commonly known as Lenten rose, is often propagated by division, a method best performed in late spring or early fall. To propagate the Lenten rose by division, a gardener should gently lift the entire plant from the ground after the blooming season has ended, using a spade to minimize root damage. The root clump should then be carefully separated into smaller sections, ensuring that each division has at least a couple of healthy growth buds. These divisions can then be replanted immediately into well-prepared garden soil, spaced approximately 12 inches (30.48 centimeters) apart to allow for growth. It is important to keep the new divisions well-watered during their first growing season to establish a strong root system.