I thought the problem might be the cold position I grew it in, so I moved some to a warmer spot. It managed late January. I mentioned my recalcitrant hellebore to a friend, who said: 'Have some of mine. It's always out for Christmas.' I did, and it is.
The moral is simple. Never put up with a plant that is second best. And never trust a hellebore from seed to do just what you expect; they are a promiscuous and unpredictable lot, as any nurseryman will tell you. Fortunately, most of their offspring (the hellebores, that is) are lovable bastards.Reuse content