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Lenten rose

Helleborus orientalis

Description:

Lenten rose is a clump-forming, late winter-blooming perennial which typically grows 1-1.5' tall. Features large, cup-shaped, rose-like, usually nodding flowers (3-4" diameter) with center crowns of conspicuously contrasting yellow stamens. Flowers usually appear in clusters of 1-4 on thick stems rising above the foliage. Flower color is extremely variable, ranging from white to pink to light rose-purple, frequently with interior spotting. Palmate, serrate, leathery, 8-16" wide, glossy, basal, dark green leaves (7-9 leaflets) are evergreen in warm climates but deciduous in extremely cold winters. In the St. Louis area, plants will remain evergreen in moderate winters, but may become scorched and tattered in extremely cold weather, particularly if not insulated by snow cover. Blooms in late winter (sometimes when snow is still present) and continues into spring, with a long, 8-10 week bloom period. Leaves, stems and roots are poisonous.

Notes:

Spotted at Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum


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Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 2 years ago

Nice,

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 36.15, Long: -95.99

Spotted on Mar 31, 2012
Submitted on Mar 31, 2012

Spotted for mission

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