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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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Hellebores are among the most undemanding and beautiful of winter stars, making an effect from January through March and beyond.
If you have a few varieties in your garden, you can let nature take its course and as the plants intermix you may get your very own unique hybrid hellebore.
Well aware of Horace's precedent, Persius refers to the hellebore four times.
Hellebores are easy to grow in most soil types and superb in difficult, shady spots under trees, associating well with naturalised spring flowers like snowdrops, narcissus, hardy cyclamen, primroses and crocus.
Ashwood Nurseries is holding a Hellebore Weekend on February 14 and 15.
There really is something especially magical when you stumble across a hellebore braving blooming on a dull winter's morning when almost everything around still sleeps under winters spell.
His symptoms included low blood pressure, a slow heart rate and muscular weakness - all synonymous with hellebore poisoning.
ANYONE venturing to open garden events at this time of year should be on the lookout for hellebores in flower, bringing colour to herbaceous borders or providing contrast to snowdrops and daffodils in woodland settings.
At flowering time, to help the blooms look their best, cut off any torn leaves but remember that hellebores are normally for admiring from a safe distance - all parts of the plants are poisonous.
Or you could create a colourful winter border by combining your hellebores with wood anemones in blues and white, blue scillas, dainty early daffodils, pulmonaria and primroses.
One suggestion that can work well is to combine Cornus with hellebores, for example Helleborus foetidus.
Hellebores must be one of the longest flowering plants in the garden -they can last for almost two months before you finally get fed up with them and start dead heading.