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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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The Stinking Hellebore grows wild in some places in Scotland and the hills on the south side of Perth contain many large colonies of this plant - in full flower just now.
This Hellebore won''t thrive in waterlogged soil GET THEM IN THE SOIL
Before planting try and choose a site in partial shade as most hellebores have a vast dislike to full sun.
Technically and horticulturally they come from different soil types, with Hellebores preferring a little lime and birch liking acid soil conditions.
Hellebores belong to the buttercup family (ranunculaceae) and their slightly greasy seed does not store well.
Their main enemy, apart from slugs, is hellebore leaf spot, a fungal disease that attacks leaves, flowers and stems.
The earliest hellebores can be out in November and the latest will flower into April.
Pictured far left is a Double Form White (spotted) Hellebore, and below a Double Form Streaked Picotee Hellebore
Place glass or plastic cloches over early - flowering bulbs, corms and hellebores likely to be injured by adverse weather.
You will be able to see unusual snowdrops and hellebores.
For the next couple of months, apart from evergreens and hellebores, the main interest will be from bulbous plants, snowdrops, winter aconites and the irises I've been writing about.
Hellebores FOR those of us with a few Hellebores in a shady corner of the garden it might seem a little early to be highlighting these early spring delights.