Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus (Corsican Hellebore)

Scientific Name

Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus (Briq.) P.F.Yeo

Common Names

Corsican Hellebore


Helleborus argutifolius, Helleborus corsicus, Helleborus lividus var. serratifolius, Helleborus trifolius subsp. corsicus, Helleborus trifolius var. serratifolius

Scientific Classification

Family: Ranunculaceae
Subfamily: Ranunculoideae
Tribe: Helleboreae
Genus: Helleborus


Color: Green
Bloom Time: Late fall to spring


Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus is a quick-growing, clumping, evergreen perennial with leafy stems that grow up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. It bears large leaves with three individual leaflets that are marbled, blue-green above, somewhat purplish beneath, and noticeably toothed along the margins. Large, light, yellow-green flowers appear above the leaves in clusters from late fall to spring.

Helleborus lividus subsp. corsicus - Corsican Hellebore
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USDA hardiness zone 6a to 9b: from −10 °F (−23.3 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When planting from seed or division, place the Hellebore into well-draining, organic soil in filtered sun or shady location. The Hellebore plant will return for many years; make sure space will accommodate growth and has proper sunlight.

Hellebores need no more than a few hours of dappled light and grow successfully in shady areas. Plant the Hellebore under deciduous trees or scattered through a woodland garden or shaded natural area.

Soaking the soil in which the Hellebore is growing helps the Hellebore plant to look its best. Hellebore care includes removal of older leaves when they appear damaged. Care for Hellebores should also include careful fertilization. Too much nitrogen may result in lush foliage and a shortage of blooms.

Plant Hellebore seeds in the fall. A 60-day moist chilling period is needed when planting seeds of the Hellebore plant. Planting seed in fall allows this to happen naturally in areas with cold winters. Wait three to four years for blooms on young plants grown from seed. Divide overgrown clumps in spring, after flowering or in autumn. See more at How to Grow and Care for Hellebores.


Native to France (Corsica).


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