Common name: Hellebores
Botanical name: Helleboreae
Season: Late Winter and early Spring
Various species of this genus originated in Europe and Asia with the greatest concentration of species occurs in the Balkans and comprise of approximately twenty species.
The helleborus species are mostly low-growing compact plants. The simple, five-petalled, bowl-shaped flowers appear from mid-winter through to spring and occur in unusual shades of green, dusky pink, and maroon, as well as white. At the centre of the flower are yellow stamens. The flowers are backed by long-lasting petal-like sepals that persist well after the flower has died and which often continue to intensify in colour.
Hellebores are widely grown in gardens for decorative purposes. They are particularly valued by gardeners for their winter and early spring flowering period; the plants are surprisingly frost resistant. Also of value is their shade tolerance.