My contribution to the issue is an article about hybrid hellebores, reviewing the history of hybridity in the genus and focusing on the role of H. niger as an important maternal parent. In it I formally described three crosses for the first time, establishing a scientific name for each that will cover all progeny from these parents wherever and whenever they may occur again. There is a history in Helleborus of naming hybrids to commemorate their breeders or those associated with them: H. × sternii, H. × ballardiae and H. × eric-smithii are familiar, H. × lemmonierae less so; the epithets for these new hybrids continue the tradition. Two have been around for several years, one is so far almost entirely unknown.
|Helleborus × belcheri 'Pink Ice' (image courtesy of John Massey/Ashwood Nurseries)|
|Helleborus × ashwoodensis 'Briar Rose (image courtesy of John Massey/Ashwood Nurseries)|
|Helleborus × sahinii 'Winterbells'|