We are now offering a range of hellebore seed for those customers who would like to build a collection of high quality plants at low cost. Fresh seed will be available to buy online, as soon as it ripens, usually from mid May to June.
Our seed comes in two types: hand-pollinated and open-pollinated.
Each cross is represented by two photographs, and for the hand-pollinated seed, these show the appearance of the two parents used. The plants are line-breed, for consistent results, so the seedlings are likely to produce very similar flowers to the parents although results cannot be guaranteed. The anemone forms are an exception to this rule, as they are a newer development and therefore less consistent - doubles and singles should be expected in addition to the anemone plants. The actual percentage of anemones will vary depending on the individual parent plants used. Also, when parents are from two different breeding lines, such as apricot and yellow spotted, results will vary more, but offspring should closely resemble one parent or a combination of the two.
For open-pollinated types, seed has been collected from parent plants of a certain variety. Because the pollen parent is unknown, results will not be predictable; however, because one parent is known, a percentage of the seedlings should be similar to the seed parent. If a high level of predictability is required, it is best to stick to hand-pollinated seed.
Seed from different varieties will be offered each year, so don't miss out on favourites.
Hand-pollinated seed. Packets contain 10 seeds and are priced at £4.99.
Open-pollinated seed. Packets contain 15 seeds and are priced at £4.99. Mixed packets contain 25 seeds.
P&P is free within mainland UK. Please email for charges to other countries.
2020 seed listed below is priced at £4.99. Click on link to order.
Please note that each packet has to be ordered separately, but they will be sent as a single order.
Seed sales for 2020 have now finished. Please check back in June 2021.
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Picotee Double (pale)
We are offering two different picotee doubles this year. Both are a combination of white and pink-purple. This is the lighter one, with the overall effect of a white flower with darker markings. The flowers are nicely rounded.
White Anemone Centre
One anemone is cream-white with very fine picotee markings, while the other is white with a few spots. The hope is for 1 or 2 good examples from an average packet, although it could be more. The remaining plants will comprise of singles and doubles.
Pure yellow blooms on short and sturdy plants that clump well. Although the flowers are smaller than on some doubles, far more fare produced.
Seed taken from several plants similar to the one shown. Rounded blooms in shades of pale pink and white with a few spots. Outward facing. Open Pollinated – results will not be as reliable as the hand-pollinated seed, but a percentage of plants should resemble the female parent
Picotee with Veining
Petals veined in purple/pink on a white background and with a dark central blotch.
Open Pollinated – results will not be as reliable as the hand-pollinated seed, but a percentage should resemble the female parent
Seed taken from several plants similar to the one shown. A pretty combination of peach, cream-yellow and pink shades.
Picotee Anemone Centre
The best anemones are truly exquisite. A combination of white and pink with a dark central ruff. The hope is for 1 or 2 good examples from an average packet, although it could be more.
This variety is a dark purple-red colour and has a beautiful gloss finish to the outer petals.
Stunning blue-grey flowers with a matt finish. Best positioned where some sun can highlight the colour.
Picotee with Veining and Apricot
One parent is cream-yellow with red veining, while the other is apricot with a dark blotch at the base of petals.
Yellow with Dark Centre
Seed taken from several plants similar to the one shown.
Seed taken from several plants similar to the one shown. These white singles are very tall, with large ruffled flowers.
Apple-Blossom Anemone Centre
The hope is for 1 or 2 good examples from an average packet, although it could be more. One parent has apple blossom flowers while the other has pink flowers.
Pink petals heavily spotted, one with red and the other with purple, and a clear band around the edges.
Darker in colour than the picotee double offered above. One parent has flowers with very heavy veining on the inside and purple-red on the outside.
Dark Purple Double
Both parents have dark purple flowers, and one has a certain degree of slate colouring.
Seed taken from plants that have smallish flowers in either green or green with a purple edge.
Open Pollinated – results will not be as predictable as the hand-pollinated seed, but a percentage of plants should resemble the female parent
Expect pure white, frilly double flowers.
Both parents have pink-red flowers. One has speckles.
The single form of above. Bright and large pink-red flowers.