Red Racer Winter Thriller™ Lenten Rose
Each Bloom is 3 inches wide or more.
'Red Racer' is part of the Winter Thriller™ series of Hellebores, a group carefully selected and hand-bred by hybridizer Chris Hansen. The Winter Thrillers are known for their strong stems, outward-facing blooms, and, of course, their bloom time. The calling card of Lenten Rose is its unique ability to add color to the garden while most plants are still dormant, even covered in snow!
Like all Helleborus, this mix requires some shade and appreciates evenly moist, well drained soil rich in organic matter. It will tolerate clay soil, and in the cooler zones it will tolerate more sun. Water frequently until the plants become established, after which they become more drought tolerant and only need constant moisture in exceptionally dry, hot weather. A year-round mulch helps to keep the roots moist. The evergreen foliage keeps its beauty all year, especially since it generally goes un-nibbled by pests like deer: an especially important quality if you intend to grow it in a wooded area!
Helleborus readily seeds, slowly expanding its colorful shade empire. In the summer you should pull any of these seedlings that you do not want (these may not come true to their parentage), and transplant the rest into their permanent spots. Once established, Helleborus resent having their roots disturbed, so you should only divide them when necessary, and you should avoid division by spacing them properly in the first place. 3½ Inch Container. Zones 4 to 8.
|Variety||Winter Thriller™ Red Racer|
|ItemForm||3 1/2-inch Pot|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|BloomStartToEnd||Late Winter - Early Spring|
|PlantHeight||18 in - 22 in|
|PlantWidth||12 in - 18 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bloom First Year, Flower, Season Extenders|
|BloomColor||Burgundy, Dark Red, Maroon|
|LightRequirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Uses||Baskets, Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor, Winter Interest|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|