Of all the plants we have grown in our nursery over the years, the 'Double
Hybrids' have probably been the most exciting. We were very fortunate to
be able to import some plants in 1986 from England, which were expertly quarantined
by Dennis Hughes at Blue Mountain Nurseries in Tapanui which is not very
far from our place. From these original plants and a very small amount of
seed that came double, we have built up numbers to the stage where we can
release the plants for sale.
As with the single H x orientalis, there is
a huge variation in flower colour, shape and size, as well as
they actual size of the plant and the form of the leaves.
The Doubles have their origin from a plant called Helleborus torquatus 'Dido'
which was found in the wild to have a double form. It is interesting to note
that the doubling is the result of the flowers nectaries developing into petals.
Some appear to have a fluffy appearance with many layers of petals while others
are flatter with two or three distinct rows of petals.
Double Maroon Edged
Please note that the flowers featured on our website
are only a representation of
the actual flower colours and some variation in colour can occur.
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