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Stinking Hellebore

Helleborus foetidus

Plant Data

Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The nodding, yellowish-green flowers are clustered together. They are bell-shaped and the 5 sepals are purple-edged. The flower reaches a maximum of 3cm across.
Fruit:
A dry fruit (follicle) containing up to 20, glossy, black seeds.
Leaves:
An evergreen perennial. Dark green, glossy, deeply divided leaves. The leaves are divided in to 7 to 10 linear lobes.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The entire plant is poisonous. The toxins are said to be capable of being absorbed through the skin.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Despite the name of this plant, some people like the smell of it. It only smells after the leaves have been crushed. The smell can be described as 'beefy'.
Other Names:
Barfoot, Bear's Foot, Bear's Foot Hellebore, Dungwort, Setterwort.
Habitats:
Gardens, scrub, woodland.