February 2008 Plant Profile: Helleborus Ivory Prince (‘Walhelivor’)

Photo Courtesy of Skagit Gardens

Helleborus Ivory Prince (‘Walhelivor’)

Introduced a few years ago, Skagit Gardens kindly donated three plants of this lovely hellebore. Developed by English plant breeder David Tristram, this fabulous perennial is strikingly evergreen with blue green foliage faintly marbled in silver gray. In January, pale maroon-pink buds emerge from the base and slowly develop and come into bloom in February when it opens to a 3” cream white flower with a green base and over a period of several weeks, it gently ages to a pale green with a pink cast. This was selected for its flower form and posture, foliage that was less prone to winter injury and its pest and disease resistance. On top of that, it is also fairly drought tolerant once established. These are quite slow to get started, but once mature, they will be knock-outs! They also perform very well in containers and look outstanding with Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’, Carex ‘Ice Dance’, assorted ferns, heucheras and even early spring bulbs such as grape hyacinths, snowdrops, and crocus! See it growing in the Soest Garden in Bed 7.

Skagit Gardens supplies so many of our favorite nurseries and garden centers all around the Pacific Northwest so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one for your winter garden!

Location: Bed 7
Family: Ranunculaceae
Origin: Garden Origin
Height: 6-10″
Spread: 10-12″
Bloom Time: Spring
Bloom Color: White
Sun: Part shade
Water/Soil: Medium moisture and amended soil with organic matter. Fairly drought tolerant once established.