Hellebore – Encouraging Growth

Q: I have been growing a hellebore for ten years but have not been able to get it to spread. It is mulched with pine straw. How can I get it to multiply?

A: Your hellebore’s flowers are fading and are making seed pods which will open in June. Pull away the straw underneath the plant so the seeds can hit the ground and germinate. You’ll notice lots of seedlings under the plant next year.