Bear's Foot, Stinking Hellebore 'Wester Flisk'

Helleborus foetidus

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

Category:

Perennials

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Orange/Apricot

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

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

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

Winnetka, Illinois

Joplin, Missouri

Sparks, Nevada

Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 12, 2005, CoffeeBeanQueen from Joplin, MO wrote:

I've grown this through 2 winters now, and I love it more and more. It stays fresh and attractive through temperature swings from 10 degrees up through near 70s in our winter/early spring months here. I have it in fairly dry light shade with other hellbores, cyclamens, nandinas, arums and galanthus. I, too, am looking forward to the results from the many seedlings. I read it is shortlived, but I haven't noticed any fall-off in vigour yet.

Positive

On Feb 28, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

The foliage on this plant looks good year-round, and the flowers, even though not my favorite greenish-yellow marked with burgundy, are appreciated when nothing else is blooming in winter.

The plant has self-seeded for me, and I assume the seedlings are true to type. If not, well, then they are going to be some amazing H. foetidus x H. hybridus seedlings. I don't think I can lose.

Positive

On Aug 29, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This variety caught my eye because of its unique foliage. It will supposedly come true to seed if kept away from other cultivars; otherwise use vegetative propagation to increase your stock.

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