Photo of Hellebores (Helleborus)→This is not a hellebore

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Nov 5, 2020 12:25 AM CST

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I see some hellebore leaves at the very bottom of the frame, but the plant taking up most of the space in this photo is not a hellebore.
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gardenfish
Nov 5, 2020 1:09 AM CST
The flowers seem to be hellebore flowers. Perhaps the leaves at the top of the pic are immature leaves? I've seen similar looking hellebores in friends gardens.
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kniphofia
Nov 5, 2020 1:19 AM CST
It certainly looks like a hellebore to me.
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Galanthophile
Nov 5, 2020 2:38 AM CST
100% Hellebore
Name: Bria
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Bschmuck
Nov 5, 2020 6:22 AM CST
Interesting! I don't know what it is either way, so I rely on expertise of my plant people here!

The previous owners of my house were friends with some interesting plant folks (said they got a pussy willow cutting from the White House and peony bulbs from the gardener at the Newport Mansions).

I was told they got stuff from England a lot, so maybe that could be why the UK friends are more confident this is Hellebore?
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Silversurfer
Nov 5, 2020 7:02 AM CST
Definitely 100% Helleborus...a super Hellebore.
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kniphofia
Nov 5, 2020 10:17 AM CST
I find it fascinating how leaves on the same plant can be modified or even completely different in the juvenile or flowering stage. I've grown hellebores myself and can absolutely verify that this is a variety of H orientalis.

Here's a clump of two varieties and you can see a similar leaf shape where the flower is attached.
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Bschmuck
Nov 5, 2020 10:29 AM CST
That is fascinating.

I got curious and went to investigate what the plant looks like today. It's in a difficult to access part of my yard, so I don't see it often and it's a garden bed that I neglect entirely.

The original photo was from Spring 2019 and this is what it looks like now.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Nov 5, 2020 12:06 PM CST

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Wow, this is amazing. I have about 30 hellebores in my garden, some more than 20 years old, but none with top leaves like this one. We must be growing different varieties. I stand corrected. *Blush*

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