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Bear's Foot

Helleborus foetidus


This is a tall (about 60cm) evergreen perennial, with persistent dark green basal leaves - as seen at pic N° 5. It is an early flowering plant, this one observed beginning of March. Flowers are grouped in cymes, cuplike, drooping and are pale green with violet edges.


Observed on forest floor in a broadleaved forest on lower slopes of Jura mountain range, Geneva lake valley.


In spite of its scientific (H. foetidus) and one of English names (Stinking hellebore), the plant has no smell (unless crushed, which I did not yet try...). On the other hand, all parts of it are poisonous.

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Tukup 4 weeks ago

Thanks for posting this Zlatan, and for the good notes.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a month ago

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avamccall a month ago

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Échenevex, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Spotted on Mar 5, 2021
Submitted on Mar 9, 2021

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