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Bearsfoot Hellebore, an evergreen perennial, has more finely-divided, elegant foliage than other hellebores. Clusters of nodding, lime-green flowers appear in early spring just above the tops of the fern-like foliage. The flowers last for several months and work well with bright spring flowers that also enjoy part shade. We confess that another common name for H. foetidus is "Stinking Hellebore," but we promise that the plant and its flowers are not malodorous. The name comes from the slight unpleasantness of crushed leaves. (So don't crush them!) Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit, 1993.

Helleborus foetidus, Bearsfoot Hellebore

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