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Hellebore, Lenten Rose
Ranunculaceae
Helleborus


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General Information

Helleborus niger

Many species are poisonous.
used as a herb for weight loss in Russian medicine.
This flower looks like it was crossed with some insect to create a mutant hybrid.

Hellebores are widely grown in gardens for decorative purposes, as well as for their purported medicinal abilities and uses in witchcraft.

winter and early spring flowering period; the plants are surprisingly frost-resistant and many are evergreen.

Legends:

Several legends surround the hellebore; in witchcraft it is believed to have ties to summoning demons. Helleborus niger is commonly called the Christmas rose, due to an old legend that it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.

In Greek mythology, Melampus of Pylos used hellebore to save the daughters of the king of Argos from a madness, induced by Dionysus, that caused them to run naked through the city, crying, weeping, and screaming.

During the Siege of Kirrha in 585 BC, hellebore was reportedly used by the Greek besiegers to poison the city's water supply. The defenders were subsequently so weakened by diarrhea that they were unable to defend the city from assault.

Some historians believe that Alexander the Great died because of a hellebore overdose, when he took it as medication.



Hellebore, Lenten Rose
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Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower
Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower - May 08, 2009



Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower
Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower - gardengeek



Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower
Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower - gardengeek



Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower
Strange Insectoid Flower - Flower - gardengeek

Comment: Hellebore, Lenten Rose, Helleborus

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gardengeek
gardengeek
October 20, 2009
Thanks again Chris, it's nice to finally learn the names of these plants!
Chris2002
Chris2002
October 20, 2009
Hellebores - Lenten Rose Winter blooming

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