Plant Care Bearsfoot Hellebore

Bearsfoot Hellebore

About Bearsfoot Hellebore

Bearsfoot Hellebore is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Bearsfoot Hellebore likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Bearsfoot Hellebore belongs to the Helleborus genus, and is native to mountainous regions of Europe, Greece, and Asia Minor.

⚠️ Bearsfoot Hellebore is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Helleborus foetidus

Also known as

Dungwort, Setterwort and Stinking Hellebore

How to care for Bearsfoot Hellebore


How often to water your Bearsfoot Hellebore

Water needs for Bearsfoot Hellebore
0.5 cups
every 9

Bearsfoot Hellebore needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bearsfoot Hellebore

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bearsfoot Hellebore in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bearsfoot Hellebore: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Bearsfoot Hellebore may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Bearsfoot Hellebore

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bearsfoot Hellebore: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bearsfoot Hellebore after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Bearsfoot Hellebore is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Bearsfoot Hellebore

Bearsfoot Hellebore

Bearsfoot Hellebore

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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