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Helleborus foetidus

Ellébore fétide
Stinking Hellebore

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

green

Flower size

10-30 mm

Flowering months

January,

February,

March,

April

Leaf type

Digitate

Height

80 cm

Description

The leaves, when crushed, have an unpleasant smell, hence its common name ‘Stinking Hellebore’. The foliage stays on the plant through winter. The nectaries contain yeast, which raises the temperature of the plant, thus releasing volatile compounds which attract bees and other insects.

Well-drained, limestone soil, in dappled shade.

Useful garden plant in shady areas.

Flowers

The nodding, bell-shaped flowers are yellowish-green with a purple border. They have 5 sepals, numerous stamens and an inner ring of small cup-like nectaries (modified petals to hold nectar).

Leaves

Digitate leaflets are finger-like. Finger-like, deep green, serrated, 7-10 leaflets, narrow.

Fruits Seeds

Follicle: 3 small compartments of the ovary full of grains, opening on one side to release the seeds.

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