Helleborus 'First Dance' Wedding Party®

Hardy and One of the Earliest Blooming Perennials
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Features to Note


4 - 9

Mature Height

24 IN

Mature Width

24 IN

Light Requirements

Part Shade

Moisture Requirements

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
4 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


A member of the Wedding Party® series, Helleborus 'First Dance' is an evergreen perennial offering year-round interest. Heavy blooming from early to mid-spring, 'First Dance' sets 2- to 2½-inch, brilliantly colored yellow double flowers, some with a thin wine picotee and veining. Borne on long, sturdy stems above glossy, dark green leaves, the nodding flowers last a long time, attract bees, and make cute kitchen table bouquets or lovely additions to cut floral arrangements.

This vigorous herbaceous plant, also known as a Lenten rose or hellebore, 'First Dance' has a bushy, upright, clump-forming habit and slow growth rate. Shown to best effect when massed or grouped in beds, borders, and patio pots or under a high-branched deciduous tree or large shrub, protected from strong winter winds. The plant makes a lovely groundcover and will naturalize, slowly spreading via rhizomatous roots. It also self-seeds in ideal growing conditions but will not become invasive.

Cold hardy, easy to grow, and low maintenance, hellebore grows best in dappled to full shade locations with organically rich, moist, well-draining soil, having an alkaline pH. However, it grows well in most soils, including chalk, clay, and loam, and in most growing conditions. The plant is drought tolerant once established, but it will not tolerate extremely wet, waterlogged soils. It is deer and rabbit resistant and salt tolerant.


Genus: Helleborus
Species: hybrid
Variety: 'First Dance'
Item Form: 1-Quart
Bloom Season Start: Late Winter
Bloom Season End: Mid Spring
Bloom Color: Yellow
USDA Zone Low: 4
USDA Zone High: 9
Uses: Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers
Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, PR, VI
Discount Exempt: No



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