Rome in Red Lenten Rose (Helleborus ‘Rome in Red’)

Shade-loving early blooms!

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9
  • Height: 18-24”
  • Spread: 18-24” 
  • Exposure:  Part Shade to Full Shade
  • Bloom Color: Maroon-Red

Why we Love it:
Among perennials that perform well in Wisconsin, Lenten Roses fill a special niche. They bloom in late winter, as early as March! With appropriate protection from wind, they maintain evergreen foliage that can be enjoyed through the winter months! Additionally, these shade loving beauties flower well where many other perennials are less consistent year to year.

Rome in Red is a hybrid cultivar that bears 3-4” burgundy single blooms. It was selected for prolific flowers and good color saturation on the back of the petals. Like other Lenten Roses, Rome in Red performs well in the neutral to alkaline soils common in Waukesha county.

Know Before You Plant:
The leaves, stems and roots are poisonous. Use care and discretion in site selection, especially in areas visited by children and pets.

Where It Thrives:
Lenten Roses grow well in part shade to full shade, and are best planted where they are protected from hot afternoon sun. They are great candidates for planting under your trees or large shrubs! They are also well-suited for woodland gardens.

Plant Rome in Red in soil that is rich, moist, and well-drained. For the best winter interest (from evergreen foliage), protect your Lenten Roses from harsh winds.

Fun Fact:
Lenten Roses received their common name for their tendency to flower during the Christian season of Lent.