Winter's Hardy Hellebore
2. The Gauls coated the tips of their arrowheads in its powder to ensure the death of their enemies.
3. In the middle ages, Hellebore was burned to protect homes from evil spirits.
4. Even a 20th-century English herbalist, Maude Grieve, was said to scatter Hellebore powder into the air and on the ground so she was invisible.
1. The Hellebore plant is susceptible to fungus botrytis.
2. A gardener can develop a skin irritation from contact with protanemonin, a chemical produced when plant is injured.
3. The specific species Hellebore niger contains glycosides, known to cause cardiac issues. (H. niger, also called Christmas rose, grows over a foot tall and a foot wide, with large white blooms.)
4. Hellebore roots are emetic (medicinal substance inducing vomiting) that can be fatal.
http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/hellebore.html - Hellebore: The Lenten Rose by Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension Professor, University of Vermont
photos by Launa Herrmann
NOTE the greening of flower