Interesting Facts About Helleborus

Today I have learned some interesting medicinal facts about Helleborus, (though please do not try it yourself).

I learned that apparently the mystery illness that caused the death of Alexander the Great, could actually have been caused by an overdose of medication containing Hellebore.

Also, according to Greek mythology, the daughters of the King of Argos (a Greek City) suffered from a form of madness that caused them to run naked and crying through the city streets. A medication made of Hellebore apparently cured them.

Often called the Lenten or Christmas Rose because they generally flower between December and April, Helleborus are not roses at all but actually belong to the Buttercup family.

We believe nothing can compete in the winter months as Helleborus bring a magical touch to the garden whilst most other plants slumber. The large cup shaped blooms have a dainty appearance that defies nature by surviving the cold, while the glossy dark green evergreen foliage highlights the true beauty of the dappled flower.

The Cornish refer to Helleborus as "The virgin’s mantle". In medieval times they were said to be good for breaking bad spells and curses so were often planted next to the front door. Today they are known for their unsurpassed winter beauty.

Helleborus are tough, low maintenance plants that prefer dappled shade and look amazing planted in drifts in a woodland setting, or even in a shady perennial border or containers with moist but well-drained soil. They are even deer and rabbit resistant.

Hybridising (both deliberate and accidental) has created a stunning colour range in the flowers and allowed us to introduce our new range of Ellen Helleborus.  Since 1998, Ellen Ackerboom and her parents have been breeding new single and double flowered Hellebores, using both traditional methods and state of the art production techniques. Helleborus bring a magical touch to the garden during the winter whilst most other plants slumber. The large cup shaped flowers have a dainty appearance that defy nature by surviving the cold. The glossy dark green evergreen foliage highlights the true beauty of the dappled flower. The Cornish refer to helleborus as "The virgin’s mantle". In medieval times they were said to be good for breaking bad spells and curses so were often planted next to the front door. Today they are known for their unsurpassed winter beauty. Helleborus prefer dappled shade with moist but well drained soil and are deer and rabbit resistant. Height and Spread 35cm (14"). Hardy perennial.

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