plant pick: new for 2009
‘Golden Sunrise’ Lenten rose Helleborus hybrid
After a long winter, Lenten rose is a welcome sight, sometimes blooming even through snow. ‘Golden Sunrise’ is the first in the Winter Jewels™ series, which has large flowers in true color strains. That means all the flowers will be the same color, instead of a mix, like many other Lenten rose hybrids.
‘Golden Sunrise’ has 2- to 3-in., downward-facing yellow flowers. Each has red in the center. Some have a blush, some are solid and others are spotted like the one at left. All have red veining on the petal backs so you get a colorful view from above, too.
TYPE Perennial SIZE 18 to 22 in. tall and 24 in. wide BLOOM Yellow in late winter to early spring LIGHT Part shade SOIL Moist, well-drained PESTS None serious HARDINESS Cold: USDA zones 4 to 9; Heat: Not available