Corsican Hellebore - Helleborus argutifolius

Alternative names
Holly-leaved Hellebore

Helleborus argutifolius grows to 1 metre, with stout stems bearing leaves composed of three leathery, spiny-toothed dark green leaflets. Bowl-shaped, nodding, pale green flowers 4 to 5 cm in diameter are borne in large open clusters.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Usually found as an escape from cultivation, and often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowering January to March.

Life History

Evergreen perennial.

UK Status

Well recorded in some areas north of London to Oxford, a few more scattered records from elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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