The 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. 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. An overdose of a medication containing hellebore is thought to have caused the demise of Alexander the Great, although there are many other theories also.