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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 Yellow

Double Yellow
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Double Yellow

One of the original hybrids we imported. This is a smaller growing plant which, when established, gives heaps of flower. Needs very good sharp drainage. It does not like wet roots! Has given us an interesting line of plants that have spots. While it doesn't have large flowers, it certainly has plenty of them. We now also have hybrids that Kate has developed which have larger flowers and are more vigorous in their growth. We continue to develop this hybrid as making a more vigorous plant has been at the cost of colour. Our new hybrids would be better described as Primrose.
Price: $23.00
Availability: May/June 2018
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the actual flower colours and some variation in colour can occur.

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