Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus) in the Hellebores Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12 to 30 inches (75 cm)
Plant Spread: 48 inches (1.2 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: leathery
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Pale green with maroon edges
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: All parts of the plant can be highly toxic if ingested and can cause eye and skin irritation
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Cold stratification may not be necessary but is usually recommended
Other info: Hellebore seed may take 6-18 months (or more) to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Flies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2001 Great Plant Picks Award Winner


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 27, 2012 3:00 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 2, 2013 9:59 AM

RHS: "Helleborus foetidus and H. viridis are both British natives occurring on the chalk-hills of southern England in woods and scrub, often forming quite large colonies.

The true wild hellebore species are not commonly grown in gardens as hellebores hybridise very easily and the hybrids are excellent garden plants with improved form, flowering and flower colour."

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Posted by virginiarose (Virginia) on Apr 16, 2013 6:17 PM

Lazy S's farm says this, "AND not only is it deer resistant but planted amongst your other perennials and allowed to naturalize, WILL KEEP DEER OUT OF YOUR GARDEN. They won't go anywhere near this plant!"

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