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Bear's Foot, Stinking Hellebore
Helleborus foetidus 'Gold Bullion'

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Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helleborus (hel-eh-BORE-us) (Info)
Species: foetidus (FET-uh-dus) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Bullion

Category:

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Deciduous

Chartreuse/Yellow

Veined

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Redwood City, California

Richmond, California

Ellicott City, Maryland

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Olympia, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Feb 2, 2010, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have wanted to grow this plant so badly, but three separate times I have tried it, and the plants have died of a fungal rot on their stems before they even get out of the 1gal size pots I had them in. I read on some sites that this is not a very vigorous selection, and from my experience, I'd have to agree (other selections do fine in my garden). But I may try it one more time just for the beautiful foliage.

Positive

On Nov 13, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Stunning golden foliage with sulphur yellow flowers definitely will 'light up' a shady corner of your garden.