What is hellebore?

  • (noun): Perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes.
    Synonyms: false hellebore
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Commonly known as hellebores, members of the genus Helleborus comprise approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, within which it gave its name to the tribe of Helleboreae. Many species are poisonous. Despite names such as "Christmas rose" and "Lenten rose", hellebores are not closely related to the rose family (Rosaceae).

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Adonis Vernalis
... eye, spring pheasant's eye, yellow pheasant's eye and false hellebore, is a perennial flowering plant found in dry meadows and steppes in Eurasia ... (Green false hellebore, sometimes also called simply "false hellebore," is Veratrum viride, a member of the lily family.) ...
Helleborus Niger - Folklore and Early Medicinal Uses
... In the early days of medicine, two kinds of hellebore were recognized black hellebore, which included various species of Helleborus, and white hellebore (now ... "Black hellebore" was used by the ancients in paralysis, gout and other diseases, more particularly in insanity ... Black hellebore" is also toxic, causing tinnitus, vertigo, stupor, thirst, a feeling of suffocation, swelling of the tongue and throat, emesis and catharsis, bradycardia (slowing of the pulse ...
Bear Corn
... Bear corn may be Veratrum viride also known as Indian Poke, Indian Hellebore, False Hellebore, Green False Hellebore Conopholis americana also known as cancer-root ...
Hellebore - In Folklore
... does not cite any references or sources Several legends surround the hellebore in witchcraft it is believed to have ties to summoning demons ... In Greek mythology, Melampus of Pylos used hellebore to save the daughters of the king of Argos from a madness, induced by Dionysus, that caused them to run naked ... During the Siege of Kirrha in 585 BC, hellebore was reportedly used by the Greek besiegers to poison the city's water supply ...
Veratrum Viride
... Veratrum viride (Indian Poke, Indian Hellebore, False Hellebore, Green False Hellebore) is a species of Veratrum native to eastern and western (but not central ... within its native range, including American False Hellebore, American White Hellebore, Bear Corn, Big Hellebore, Corn Lily, Devils Bite, Duck Retten, Indian Hellebore, Itch-weed ... Veratrum californicum (White False Hellebore, Corn Lily) can be distinguished from sympatric var ...

More definitions of "hellebore":

  • (noun): Any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus.

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