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Helleborus x ballardiae 'Candy Love'

26th February 2012

Helleborus x ballardiae is the hybrid between H.niger and H.lividus. It is not a common hybrid but at it's best it is a sturdy small growing plant with marbled leaves.
This is rather large with rather green leaves and there is a suggestion that this is actually a selection of H. x ericsmithii (H.niger x H.x sternii). Whatever the final conclusion, it is a a strong and floriferous hybrid. The flowers open white and then develop pinkish beige colours. The flowers remain attractive on the plant as they age, long after the stamens have fallen.