I’ve just purchased a new pink picotee Hellebore called Helleborus orientalis Picotee.
Wikipedia says that Picotee is a variety of flower whose edge is a different colour than the flower’s base colour. The word originates from the French picoté which means ‘marked with points’ Indeed you can really see that in the first photo below.
Pink picotee Hellebore
Mine has come all the way from Flanders’s Fields in Belgium and Bet Wilgenbroek Nurseries. They are one of the top Helleborus in Europe. (Some of the Canadian readers will be interested to know that their ‘Vancouver Medallion’ Hellebore was developed in this nursery too for the Olympics. It’s sold as “Candy Love” in the EU.)
As yet I’ve not found her a home in the garden as its been raining for the past 3 days. I think somewhere under my kitchen window will be perfect in among the Pulmonarias and Erythroniums. There she can cast her seeds so that I can have even more picotee blooms in the future.