Setterwort, Stinking Hellebore, Dungwort, Bear's Foot Helleborus foetidus

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Botanical Name:

Helleborus foetidus







Common Name:

Setterwort, Stinking Hellebore, Dungwort, Bear's Foot

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0.09 lb
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In Stock: 0.09 lb
Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 11 seeds)
2 gram (~ 160 seeds)
5 gram (~ 400 seeds)
10 gram (~ 801 seeds)
1 oz (~ 2270 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
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.
Physical Characteristics : An evergreen Perennial growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.3 m (1ft). It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Feb to April, and the seeds ripen from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. and can grow in very alkaline soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland).It requires moist soil.
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It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall and 100 cm across, with a thick succulent stem and evergreen glossy leaves . Flowering is in spring, usually on lime -rich soils. The drooping cup-shaped flowers are yellowish-green, often with a purple edge to the five petal-like sepals on strongly upright stems. The flowers, typically for the family, contain numerous stamens as well as up to ten nectaries which make them attractive to bees and other insects . Each flower produces up to five (usually three) wrinkled follicles . Foliage is pungent when crushed. All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing glycosides . Symptoms of intoxication include violent vomiting and delirium . Yeast colonise the nectaries of stinking hellebore and their presence, has been found to raise the temperature of the flower, which may aid in attracting pollinators to the flower by increasing the evaporation of volatile organic compounds . It was the first species in which this effect was discovered.

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