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What is the REAL name of this hellebore?

Hi Penny,

What is the real name for black hellebore?

Hi Marcia,

Great Question!

Helleborus niger, commonly called Christmas rose or black hellebore, is an evergreen perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It is poisonous.

Although the flowers resemble wild roses (and despite its common name), Christmas rose does not belong to the rose family (Rosaceae).

PS: the lovely Helleborus Niger picture is from the stunning free hellebore site:

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