Helleborus foetidus

Bear's Foot, Dungwort, Setterwort, Stinking Hellebore

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 60 days

Other: germination may be delayed until the following year 

Helleborus foetidus is commonly grown in gardens for its attractive evergreen foliage and abundant green, bell-shaped flowers that bloom in late winter and early spring. It thrives in woodland conditions with deep, fertile, moist, and humus-rich soil. It prefers dappled shade but can tolerate full sun. This plant is drought-tolerant and often occurs naturally on chalk or limestone soils.
One popular cultivar of Helleborus foetidus is 'Green Giant' which has bright green flowers and finely divided foliage. Another cultivar, 'Miss Jekyll', has fragrant flowers, with the intensity of their scent varying throughout the day. 'Wester Flisk Group' has red-tinted leaves and stems, as well as gray-green flowers. The 'Sierra Nevada Group' is a dwarf variety, reaching a height of only 30 cm (11.8 in).
Propagation of Helleborus foetidus can be done through division or by seed. The plant produces a prolific amount of seeds, which can naturalize well in ideal conditions. However, it is important to protect the seeds from rodents, as they may eat them while they are still on the flowering plant or on the ground after seed release.
Horticultural Uses
This plant is highly valued in gardens for its ornamental qualities. Its evergreen foliage adds interest and color to the landscape throughout the year, while its green flowers provide a burst of color in late winter when most plants are still dormant. The flowers are attractive to bees and other insects, making it a great addition to pollinator gardens.
Helleborus foetidus has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit, indicating that it is a high-performing plant in garden settings.
Caution: Poisonous Plant
It is important to note that all parts of Helleborus foetidus are poisonous, containing glycosides. Ingestion of this plant can cause severe symptoms such as violent vomiting and delirium. Therefore, it is recommended to handle this plant with care and keep it away from children and pets.

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