February Meeting 2020

Members met at Swindon Community centre for an interesting talk plus time to catch up socially over tea and home made cakes.

Plant of the Month

February 2020 

HELLEBORUS

Commonly known as hellebores, the Eurasian genus Helleborus consists of approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae.

Despite names such as “winter rose”, “Christmas rose” and “Lenten rose”, hellebores are not closely related to the rose family.

Quick facts

  • Great for winter interest
  • A source of food for pollinating insect in early spring
  • Nodding flowers from late winter to spring
  • Many are evergreen and some have attractive silver or marbled leaves
  • Plant soon after purchase from autumn to spring in moist, but free-draining soil
  • Most are hardy and happy in light shade
  • Remove damaged or disease leaves in autumn/winter
  • Mulch in spring to reduce drying out of the soil
  • Divide in early autumn. Propagate the species by seed