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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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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