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Helleborus foetidus 'Dunham Narrow Leaf'

Dunham's Bear Claw Hellebore

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Item #: 7031

Zones: 5b to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 20" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Western Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Our first plants of Helleborus foetidus were a wonderful form from the late Rachel Dunham of Cary, NC. Over the years, we segregated out this narrow leaf race we found to have a particularly nice texture. The first season, the plants grow rapidly, forming a substantial, thick, 20" tall, green stalk adorned with dark green, narrowly-cut evergreen foliage. In spring, the deer-resistant clumps are topped with a giant candelabra of green bells that would have made Liberace proud. Helleborus foetidus is a short-lived perennial so allow it to seed in place, which it does quite well.