Lenten-rose - Helleborus orientalis

Alt Name

Helleborus orientalis grows to a height of about 30 cm and has large, saucer shaped flowers. This is one of many cultivated plants that escapes into the wild and persists, at least for a time. These cultivated plants may have many different varieties or cultivars, and hybridisation is common so there is great variety in the appearance of the plants.

Photo ID?

Usually found as an escape from cultivation, and often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers in early spring.

Life History

Herbaceous perennial, sometimes evergreen.

UK Status

Seems to be quite widespread in Britain as an escape from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map