Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ still new to many people

Helleborus 'Ivory Prince' - Photo: PlantHaven

“I have looked at more than 100 new Helleborus hybrids in the last few years, and I could bore you to death, just like I could with new heucheras, echinaceas and daylilies”, says Allan Armitage, professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, Athens (USA) in Greenhouse Grower. A few deserve according to him a second look. He starts with Helleborus orientalis. “This species will continue to be the mainstay of landscapers and contractors because it is cheap, available and, essentially, bulletproof .”

As the plant that started the whole movement within the Helleborus assortment, he mentions  ‘Ivory Prince‘, the cultivars which appeared about five years ago and still is new to many people.  “It has excellent foliage and upright flowers and acts as a good performer. That this hybrid clone could be produced and sold successfully showed the potential for large numbers in the United States.”

‘Ivory Prince‘ is bred by David Tristram, Walberton Nursery in England.  The parents are according to the plant patent unknown but are hybrids of the species niger, x nigercors, and x ericsmithii.  The legal cultivar name is ‘Walhelivor’.