Early spring is a wonderful time, as the garden starts to wake from the winter season. One early spring flowering plant that can even pop through snow is the Lenten rose. Lenten rose belongs to the family of hellebores. In the northern hemisphere, they flower around the period of Lent, and are often known as Lenten hellebores, or Lenten roses.
They are a reliable, flowering perennial with nodding green flowers, or some with pink. Many hybrids now range from pink to dark burgundy.
The flower colors of Lenten rose are actually provided by sepals, structures that resemble petals. The actual flowers are inconspicuous. The sepals remain long after pollination has occurred, often until the next year.
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