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Helleborus foetidus
Common Name: Stinking Hellebore Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

Helleborus foetidus
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This species from western, central and southern Europe has creamy green flowers with burgundy edges that bloom in late winter. The textural, leathery, deeply cut foliage is evergreen providing excellent foliage 12 months of the year. Pay no attention to its common name. It never smells unless you mince up its foliage and what gardener would want to put it in the Cuisinart! Plant in full to part sun. Deer resistant.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
Native Habitat:
Woodland, scrub, open rocky areas to around 6000 feet.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourGreen 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourBurgundy 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeLate Winter - Early Spring 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Sun Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Trillium erectum
Trillium sessile
Osmunda regalis "'Purpurascens'"

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