Hi, everyone. I just bought three hellebores, and planted them in the dappled shade under a maple tree next to epimediums and variegated solomon's seal. Two of them are H. orientalis hybrids (One speckled pink, one dark blue; I tried to get the species but couldn't), and one H. niger. I saw some H. orientalis blooming early this spring around here and thought it was beautiful.
Well, to the point. Does anyone grow H. niger in zone 5, and if so when does yours bloom? I have heard of it blooming in December in Massachusets, and hoped beyond hope -- is it really and actually a Christmas Rose?