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PlantFiles: Green Hellebore
Helleborus viridis

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Species: viridis (VEER-ih-diss) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JonthanJ On Apr 7, 2013, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Claims that this plant is hardy only into Zone 6 or even Zone 7 surprise me because there is a population at the house I grew up in the warmer part of Zone 5 that has been in place since at least 1950.

Negative sarahking On Jun 15, 2003, sarahking wrote:

One downside to this plant is that whilst collecting seeds, it made the fingers burn to the extent that the day after there was a blister ... therefore it would be very prudent to wear rubber gloves whilst seed collecting, and make sure children are aware of the danger this plant poses.

This apart, it is a very easy plant to look after, and it has a long flowering season from about January to June in south UK.

The seeds are ready mid June.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Logansport, Indiana

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