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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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orientalis, or Lenten rose, which grows to 60 cm (twofeet)and has large single flowers in deep pink, spotted white flowers, or purple-blacks and mauves.
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There are several species that can be grown in gardens, the easiest being Helleborus niger, theChristmas rose, which has white flowers with yellow stamens,and Helleborus orientalis, the Lenten rose, which can have flowers in many shades from white to maroon.
Just pop down to your favourite garden centre and pick up a Lenten Rose (helleborus orientalis).
The Lenten rose,Helleborus oriental is , is generally green or cream-flowered but also comes in many other colours,from speckled cream right through to purplish-black.
The Lenten Rose, Helleborus Orientalis, has become incredibly fashionable and the plant-breeders have been hard at work producing some gorgeous flowers in colours from the deepest purple back through clarets, pinks, greens and yellows with various amounts of spotting and stippling.
niger) which never seems to flower at Christmas, and the lenten rose (H.
The green or cream flowered Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis has a better chance of living up to its name because Lent lasts for some weeks - and also moves from year to year.
NAMED after the period it flowers - around Lent - the Lenten rose or Helleborus orientalis comes in an overwhelming choice of colours, from white to nearly black, and a variety of flower forms from saucer-shaped to nodding and double-flowered.