Power Flower of the Month -- Hellebores
Few hellebores are more dazzling than the double flowering orientalis hybrids. The wine colored speckles are called 'picotee.' This type of hellebore is acaulescent -- meaning it does not produce true leaves on flowering stalks. Cut old foliage to the ground just before flower buds emerge in winter for a better display. Shiny new foliage will emerge soon after.