I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
Today’s flower is one I’ve been waiting to share for many months now. It’s Helleborus aka Winter Rose or Lenten Rose and it only blooms in winter!
Usually, ours bloom in February when we have a mild winter, but this winter has been so arctic. Our plants finally bloomed mid-April.
When I went out to take pictures this morning, everything was still frosty.
While everything else is still frozen and brown, this winter rose brings vivid color even to the coldest days. It was 24 degrees this morning and because the flowers were completely frozen, the speckled pink really pops.
These are a perennial and come back every year with little care required. We have ours planted near our woods and leaf matter composts year-round to feed the plants. As hardy as these are in winter, they don’t like the hot summer sun.
Scientific Name: Helleborus sp. commonly known as winter rose or Hellebore.
Higher Classification: buttercup family Ranunculaceae
Origins: native to Europe and Western Asia.
Blooms: late winter to early spring depending on location.