Looking for hellebore plant advice

I have two hellebores plants in my front yard and I don't know if they are having a BUNCH of babies or if a bunch of weeds are growing around them. In these photos, you see a lot of small, brighter green leaves and I wonder if they're babies. If they ARE babies, then when they get larger, how soon can I dig them up and separate them?
q i have two hellebores plants in my front yard and i don t know if they
I'm 99.99% sure the small plants at the bottom ARE babies.
q i have two hellebores plants in my front yard and i don t know if they
In this picture, are the small, brighter leaves to the left also babies?
q i have two hellebores plants in my front yard and i don t know if they
And in this photo, what about the smaller leaves on the left and then the BUNCHES of smaller leaves on the right? They all have jagged edges like the hellebores.
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  • Melissa Melissa on Mar 23, 2018
    My hellebores, which are now in early bloom, are about 8yrs old. It may be they are a different variety, but there have never been 'babies like all of the small plants in your photo. I suggest Googling.
  • L.e12636213 L.e12636213 on Mar 23, 2018
    Definitely very healthy young seedlings! Mine always self seed but you never know what colours they will produce. Providing you dig them without hurting the roots too much, the will transplant very successfully. Enjoy

  • Cbu5221003 Cbu5221003 on Mar 23, 2018
    They are babies. They are very productive plants. Let them grow and share with friends.

  • Barbara Reeves Brown Barbara Reeves Brown on Mar 23, 2018
    Yes, those are babies! The Hellebore is a very prolific and HARDY plant. They have completely taken over my yard and difficult to "discourage" reproduction. Be prepared. As of this time, I have not found anything that will eliminate them. Digging them up, which is not an easy task-they are " runners", seems to stimulate the growth of others around them.

    The previous owner of my house said these began with two plants.
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    • Patty Patty on Mar 26, 2018
      I wish I lived close to you, I would be right over. I love these flowers, when they bloom bloom they make me so happy.
  • Karen Karen on Mar 23, 2018
    Yes, they are new seedlings. You can let them grow or go ahead and relocate to other areas. I literally have hundreds that have spread and given to friends and also replant in other areas. I dig them up any time except winter.

    • Connie Connie on Mar 23, 2018
      Karen is right! Wherever a seed drops, it comes up! But you can keep them thinned out simply by pulling the seedlings up...discard them or give them away. They take 4 years to bloom but so worth the wait! I LOVE THIS PLANT!!
  • Kel Kel on Mar 23, 2018
    Please, please, please visit u local greenhouse and bring pictures. They are the experts and should be able to answer ALL of your questions, even questions u have not yet thought to ask.
  • Ann Ann on Mar 23, 2018
    As stated above, yes, you have baby hellebores! Congrats! They are prolific self seeders. Several years ago, I clipped off the seed pods before they scattered. I threw them out in the common area behind us. This year, I have lots of blooming hellebores down there. I didn’t dig holes and plant them, I just threw them here and there. Wear gloves as some people get itchy rashes.
  • DebM DebM on Mar 23, 2018
    Yes, definitely babies! They don't breed true from seed so expect some variety in the blooms
  • Cri3075948 Cri3075948 on Mar 23, 2018
    you are a grandmother
    • Louise Louise on Mar 23, 2018
      Mmmmm. As long as I don't have to babysit, I guess that's OK. 😀
  • Barbara Reeves Brown Barbara Reeves Brown on Mar 26, 2018
    Yes, they are lovely if they would stay contained in a specific area. But they really do take over the yard. Road trip to Georgia?? Come get all that you want. Hehehe.
  • Cri3075948 Cri3075948 on Apr 20, 2018
    no,louise,you are off the hook on that one,however,after bloomtime is over,you might consider transplanting some to relieve crowding-they do not come true from seed,so there is no telling what you have there....I'm sure you have other shade trees hankering for some landscapin',or some neighbors,maybe?garden groups?
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