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SoCal Hellebores -- Where and When?

Posted by heathmitch z10 CA (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 24, 04 at 20:13

Hi --

Have a generally shady bed where (according to Sunset Western) it seems like some well-chosen hellebores might be just the thing -- any recs on where and when to purchase in the LA area?

Any advice appreciated -- I'm a total newbie gardener,


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RE: SoCal Hellebores -- Where and When?

Zone 9 is typically considered the upper reaches, but if located carefully, you may have luck with them. A consideration in your frost free climate is that there is insufficient cold for a period of dormancy and vernalization - a common problem for a large range of perennials in higher zones.

As for location, have you tried Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach? A really first class garden center with an excellent plant selection. If they don't carry a selection it will be because hellebores are not well-suited to your very temperate zone.

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