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The Lenten Rose.

The Lenten Rose.

Helleborus orientalis, also known as the Lenten rose or Christmas rose, is a perennial flowering plant and species of hellebore in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, native to Greece and Turkey.

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck described the species in 1789, giving it its current name of Helleborus orientalis.

A low-maintenance, early spring bloomer, Lenten rose brightens up a shady corner or a woodland garden. The plant reaches heights of 18 to 24 inches at maturity, growing in clumps that spread to widths of 24 to 36 inches. The long-lasting, cup-shaped flowers are available in traditional shades of lavender and white, as well as newer varieties in red, yellow, dark purple, plum, pink and green.

The leaves of Lenten rose cause mild dermatitis and other skin irritations in some people, it is rarely attractive to deer or rabbits, as the leaves contain bitter-tasting alkaloids. To prevent problems, wear gloves when handling the plant.

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Photo taken @ W on 18 January 2020 (© Neil. Moralee / Flickr)

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