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Helleborus foetidus

Helleborus foetidus
stinking hellebore, bear's-paw hellebore
Helleborus foetidus
Mid-november: flowers are starting to form

Common name stinking hellebore, bear's-paw hellebore
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers green-white
Size 2 ft
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)

Supposed to bloom winter through early spring, sometimes purple-margined greenish-white flowers over dark foliage. Ours don't reach full bloom until late April. We grew a few in our side garden several years ago, and were disappointed to see them disappear. To my surprise, two or three years later seedlings began to appear, in quite a wide radius around the original plants. So we're once again well supplied! Meanwhile, the side garden has become shadier, so the condition are actually better for growing this hellebore.

stinking hellebore, bear's-paw hellebore
Looking none too shabby in January

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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