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A special feature makes the Christmas rose, also known as the snow rose or Christmas rose, so popular. It blooms when there are no other flowers in the garden: in the middle of winter. An introduction to the most beautiful varieties of the Christmas rose.

Not all Christmas roses are white: some Christmas rose varieties have pink or even red flowers!

Christmas roses - the popular winter bloomers

Christmas roses come in many different varieties. The flowers can be filled or unfilled.

The color palette ranges from pure white through delicate pink tones to dark red. Two-tone varieties are also commercially available. A distinctive feature are varieties with almost black or white-greenish flowers.

Christmas rose or spring rose?

The term "Christmas rose" is often used as a generic term for all types of hellebore that bloom in winter and spring. That's not exactly correct. These are often spring roses.

The difference between Christmas roses and spring roses is that the Christmas roses start flowering as early as December, while the spring roses bloom longer.

If you have a Christmas rose in your garden that still blooms in April and later, it is most likely a spring rose.

A small selection of particularly beautiful varieties

variety name flower color height heyday particularities
Helleborus niger praecox White up to 30 cm December to February very early Christmas rose
Helleborus niger ssp. macranthus Inside white, outside soft pink up to 30 cm December to February big flowers
Helleborus niger Double Fashion white filled up to 50 cm December to April blooms for a very long time
Helleborus nigercors Candy Love White-pink iridescent up to 50 cm December to April good cut flower
Rubra Red Christmas Rose Red up to 30 cm December to March
Christmas rose winter dream White, pink outside up to 30 cm December to February
Lenten Rose 'Rock'n Roll' double pink dotted flowers up to 60 cm January to March spring rose
Party Dress Evelina Dotted white and red up to 40 cm January to March spring rose
Spring snow rose 'UK' first white then greenish up to 50 cm January to April spring rose
HGC Merlin Black bluish up to 60 cm December to March spring rose

tips and tricks

The hardy Christmas rose is one of the most easy-care plants in the garden. With its evergreen leaves, it provides color even in the cold winter. The flowers look particularly pretty when they protrude from a blanket of snow.

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