Hellebores
Europe and Asia

This species consists of over 20 species, all of which are poisonous. The plants are generally not bothered by deer. Helleborus is derived from the Greek words helem, to injure and bora meaning food and refers to the bitter tasting leaves and roots.

 

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Helleborus argutifolius Corsica Christmas Rose
H. foetidus Stinking Hellebore
H. niger Christmas Rose
H. orientalis Lenten Rose
H. viridis Green Hellebore

Species Hgt
(in)
Flower
Color
No. of
Leaflets
H. argutifolius 18-24 Light green 3
H. foetidus 18-24 Light green 7-10
H. niger 12-18 white 7-9
H. orientalis 15-18 white, plum 7-9

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.

 

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