This species consists of over 20 species native to Europe and Asia, all of which are poisonous so 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.



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

Species Hgt
No. of
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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