Fas­ci­nat­ing facts, puz­zles and prizes all about helle­bores

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

We are at the start of the helle­bore flow­er­ing sea­son. From now un­til next sum­mer, our gar­dens will be adorned with blooms from pure white through stages of pink and red, to pur­ple and brown – with bright flecks, spots and even bright-green flow­ers in the mix. The helle­borus genus com­prises some 20 species of herbaceous or ev­er­green peren­ni­als. Let’s look at some of the sto­ries sur­round­ing them.

The sci­en­tific name helle­borus de­rives from the an­cient Greek: heleîn means ‘to in­jure’ and borá means ‘food’, al­lud­ing to the fact that many species of helle­bore are poi­sonous.

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