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Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore

Helleborus 'Dorothy's Dawn'

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Frostkiss Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore (Helleborus 'Dorothy's Dawn') at Arbor Farms Nursery

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore flowers

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Lenten Rose, Winter Rose

Group/Class:  Frostkiss Series


Large, forward facing, cup shaped blooms in shades of pink with touches of creamy white; strong dark red stems are good for cutting; blooms emerge in late winter and early spring above attractive leathery dark green foliage with cream veins

Ornamental Features

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore features showy nodding pink cup-shaped flowers with rose overtones at the ends of the stems from late winter to early spring. Its glossy oval compound leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in color with distinctive creamy white veins the rest of the year. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Frostkiss® Dorothy's Dawn Hellebore will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. This plant should not require much in the way of fertilizing once established, although it may appreciate a shot of general-purpose fertilizer from time to time early in the growing season. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features