Hellebore of the Day-March 25th

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Hellebore of the Day-March 25th

Postby Doris_J » Mar 25, 2006 10:42 pm

Here's my pick of the day. This is one from Heronswood, one of the many miscellaneous babies that Kellie is having me watch. It's a green double with burgandy edging.
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Postby kHT » Mar 25, 2006 11:47 pm

Oh My!
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Postby KellieD » Mar 26, 2006 1:01 am

Sure bet that Doris won't let me take the whole plant home!
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Postby LucyGoose » Mar 26, 2006 7:10 am

:cool:
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Postby Doris_J » Mar 26, 2006 2:39 pm

Kellie, I wish you would stop referring to these plants as "yours".
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Postby KellieD » Mar 27, 2006 10:13 am

"Our" hellebore is doing quite well! :D
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Postby renaldo75 » Mar 27, 2006 12:47 pm

:lol:

Gorgeous pics, Doris!!
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Postby Ginger » Mar 27, 2006 5:14 pm

Okay, dumb silver/brunette here :-?

What is a hellebore? I see lots of pics of the flowers, but what does the whole plant look like leaves and all :o

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Postby insam » Mar 27, 2006 7:16 pm

Ginger, different hellebore have different leaves but most of what you find on the market have dark green thick and slightly glossy leaves that often remain wintergreen through USDA zone 6 or so. Here is 'typical' foliage of Helleborus x hybridus (Ignore the caption in the photo):
http://www.botany.wisc.edu/garden/db/plantimages/Helleborus_nigra_L.JPG

The beautiful hybrid Doris posted above is not a typical hybrid and has a strong species influence, perhaps H. torquatus. You can see it in the flower, and it has fairly divided leaf-like bracts which you don't find in all plants. Here are emerging leaves of true H. torquatus for example:
http://www.hellebores.org/images/torquatusfoliage.jpg

Most of these are compact, low-growing plants, about 18 inches high or so on average in flower. On the ones you see here the flowers stalks appear between January and March and often later the foliage emerges separately and directly from the underground rhizome. But there are also stemmed (caulescent) plants where the leaves appear on an above-ground stem, so they look a little different. On those, the flowers appear in a cluster at the top of the stem. Here is an example of the stemmed type, H. foetidus:
http://botany.cs.tamu.edu/FLORA/perdeck/ita_029.jpg
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Postby renaldo75 » Mar 27, 2006 7:23 pm

The first link didn't cooperate when I tried to open it, Insam. Thanks for the links/foliage pics.
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Postby KellieD » Mar 27, 2006 7:48 pm

Some of my hellebores are
H. multifidusxhercigovinusxhbridus which gives them the almost thread like leaves. Maybe Doris will post pictures of some of that foliage.
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Postby insam » Mar 27, 2006 10:21 pm

Oops, a typo. I fixed the link.

Kellie, those sound like some cool ones. H. hercegovinus foliage is really unique. The only thing I can think of that's sort of like it is fern leaf peony (P. tenuifolia). There are also some Italian hellebores that are similar. Mature plants can be spectacular.
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Postby Ginger » Mar 28, 2006 3:16 pm

Thanks much Insam! There sure is a lot of difference in the foilage of these plants. I like the first type best. I will watch and enjoy those you all post, and maybe get some later :wink:

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