Holly-Leaved Hellebore

Photo of helleboreThe start of meteorological spring was a wet and windy one in the UK, courtesy of Storm Jake.

One plant that creates a nice little rain umbrella to keep its pollen dry is the holly-leaved hellebore, Helleborus argutifolius. It is native to Corsica and Sardinia, but seems to thrive pretty much anywhere.Photo of hellebore raindrops It is an evergreen plant that flowers from late winter into early spring.

There are approximately 20 species of hellebore. They are sometimes called “Christmas Rose”, or “Lenten Rose”, but are a member of the Ranunculaceae family and not related to roses. The name hellebore is derived from the Greek “elein” meaning to injure and “borá” meaning food, as you might have guessed, they are poisonous. Photo of hellebore close upAn overdose of a medication containing hellebore is thought to have caused the demise of Alexander the Great, although there are many other theories also.


8 thoughts on “Holly-Leaved Hellebore

  1. Beautiful images.
    My Mother used to grow many Hellabores (when I was a child) and we called them Christmas Roses. From memory, she used to grow the pink ones.
    I quite like the (nearly) black ones that I first saw in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

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