Hellebores foetidus makes a wonderful addition to a flower bed or border. On the following picture, all plants went wild. It was October, but everyone looked pretty healthy including a tomato plant that grew from a seed brought on the flower bed with compost.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Hellebores foetidus - another type of Hellebores about which Tina http://tinaramsey.blogspot.com/ posted an excellent article. Its other names are Bear's foot, Dungwort, Stinking hellebore and Stinkwort. Don't get scared, I never felt any smell. They say you need to crush the leaves to feel the smell. As for the flowers, they have a pleasant smell. Hellebores foetidus has narrow, deeply toothed golden evergreen leaves and pale green bell-shaped flowers. Height - to 32"(80 sm), width - 18"(45sm).
I have two plants. One grows in an area with morning sun, another in a dry shady area. The first one is bushier and looks happier than the second one. It corresponds with the description of this plant which says it needs morning sun. It also likes moist but well-drained organic-rich soil. (I should say that my plants grow in average soil). Blooming time is mid winter - mid spring. This is what they say. I have a picture of a blooming helleborus foetidus taken in the end of May! Even after the bloom, the plants stand out thanks to their pale green foliage that looks stunning among dark colors. On the following pictur, it is in the left lower corner.
Last summer I noticed several baby plants near the mother plant which had self-seeded! This is what I like in plants! I dug them out and put them in small plastic containers. Right now, they are inside the house, but I feel like they would be good in a cool garage as well.
It looks like some seeds fell into the succulant bowl, because I found a little one there.
This is the picture of it that I took today during an unexpected and not very wanted wet and heavy snow.
These are the pictures of my other hellebores.
This plant is about 4 years old and it looks nice almost year around.
It is useful to know that established plants don't like to be moved.
All parts of Hellebores may cause severe discomfort if ingested, and the sap may irritate skin on contact.
(A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, p.509)
As I mentioned above, my plants, both types, are 4-5 yeas old. I trim them sometimes not wearing gloves. I've never had any signs of skin irritation. There are two German Shepherds and number of neighborhood cats in our yard (as you can guess, not at the same time...), and it doesn't look like they had any problems. But it is always worth to be careful. That is why I am grateful to Hermes http://goldenagegardens.blogspot.com/ who reminded me about this feature of hellebores. I am wondering if hybrid types somehow lose some qualities... Is it a silly guess?
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