I planted my hellebore about 15 years ago, now it just looks done since the plant leaves fall away from the center. Has my hellebore reached the end of it's life? Should I dig it up and replace it with one of it's babies? I cleaned out all of the old leaves and flowers this spring, but that didn't rejuvenate the plant.
Baltimore County Maryland
We can't say for sure from the photo. Look carefully at the crown. Pull out any dead stems. Do you see tiny white pellets? That could be Southern blight. Look here: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/southern-blight-flowersgroundcovers
If you see other fungal signs, send us photos.