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hellebore

(hĕl`əbôr), name usually for plants of the genus Helleborus of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercupbuttercup
or crowfoot,
common name for the Ranunculaceae, a family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs of cool regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Thought to be one of the most primitive families of dicotyledenous plants, the Ranunculaceae typically have a simple
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 family), Eurasian perennials with attractive palmately divided leaves and flowers of various colors. Hellebores are noted for their early blooming, particularly the black hellebore or Christmas rose (H. niger), with evergreen leaves and white or greenish blossoms that resemble wild roses. Hellebores and other species have been used medicinally but are highly toxic. Species of the genus Veratrum—which are also poisonous and medicinal and which yield an insecticide—are variously known as false, or American, hellebore and white hellebore; they are unrelated plants of the family Liliaceae (lilylily,
common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several thousand species of as many as 300 genera, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions.
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 family). Hellebore is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ranunculales, family Ranunculaceae.

hellebore

symbol of slander. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
See: Slander

hellebore

1. any plant of the Eurasian ranunculaceous genus Helleborus, esp H. niger (black hellebore), typically having showy flowers and poisonous parts
2. any of various liliaceous plants of the N temperate genus Veratrum, esp V. album, that have greenish flowers and yield alkaloids used in the treatment of heart disease
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Helleborus niger - the Christmas rose - is usually the first of the hellebores to come into bloom.
Further up, large clumps of Astelia nervosa, their silvery swords lit up by the thin winter sun, used to form the best backdrop for clumps of dark hellebores, intermingled with early narcissi and clumps of Leucojum aestivum - the summer snowflake.
In one bed are coral–flowered Pulmonaria saccharata with strongly spotted foliage, bold clumps of Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' and a series of apricot–pink hellebores.
In larger beds you may choose to plant three to five hellebores for a big impact.
Marietta says that even novice hellebore growers are sure to be captivated by these user-friendly hybrids.
Hellebores range from 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, and they thrive in nearly all but the coldest mountain regions and the hottest, driest parts of the West.
Hellebores are extremely hardy and easy to grow, producing the most beautiful flowers ranging from deep chocolate reds to delicate shades of white.
In a normal year, an especially early purple hellebore and the apple-green Corsican hellebore will battle to be the first of the new year.
This Hellebore won''t thrive in waterlogged soil GET THEM IN THE SOIL
Hellebore THE subtle, delicate flowers of this pretty winter plant belie the fact that it's a tough little charmer which can survive poor conditions although it prefers a moist, humus-rich soil.
It may be worth taking in one of the many hellebore open days held by a variety of nurseries nationwide throughout thismonth, just to give you some ideas of what might suit your garden.
Hellebore flowers are typically pale green or yellow green in color, though reserved tones of red and purple appear in selected varieties.