That what I thought. The only one I had infected, I dug up and took back. They said all I had to do was cut off the leaves, but new leaves were coming through infected. I was offered a replacement, but as all the ones on display were showing signs, I had my money back. All of my Ashwood one's are fine.
thanks for the help though - looks like I have some digging up to do
It is spread by a specific aphid. Do you think it came with it, or are there other hellebores in neighbouring gardens that may have it?
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RHS believe it is transmitted by hellebore aphid
Whilst it is not certain, I would not buy any plants from a collection where some show signs. aphids may transmit it to what look like healthy plants in the vicinity. Once signs are showing, it is too late.
We don't really have neighbours, so I can't blame them. Most of my plants have been grown from plugs - about 4-5 years old now, and have never shown signs before. One or two more recent were Harvington Hybrids from a Wyevale - they looked healthy when bought, but perhaps were harbouring something.
i might drop a couple of leaves into Wisley's plant pathologists for them to have a look too.