very common in the woods around the gorge
#plant My favorite spring-time herald!
I'm not sure what the 6 things in the middle of the flower are. I looked it up and apparently these flowers are poisonous.
A flower with pinkish purple petals and white filaments. Pretty numerous in number in a shrub, these flowers have a radius larger than a ping pong ball but smaller than a baseball. The leaves are more or less the same size as their flowers and have a shape similar to suit of spades for a playing card. All leaves have a clear vein running in the middle and some leaves face opposite from their pair.
Green flowers with purple insides.
Overcast sky with a moderate wind. The temperature was about 48 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant was located in a garden area outside the back entrance of Hansee Hall near the Hughes Penthouse Theather. It was surrounded by smaller bushes, some more of its own kind, and a few unidentifiable species of plant. There were plenty more of this species in an area on the path toward McCarty past Hansee. I was particularly captivated by the color of the petals and by the fact that the flowers all drooped as if they were extremely heavy. This flower does not have petals in the traditional sense, it actually has sepals around small nectaries. These sepals remain on the flower for many months out of the year. Interestingly, this species is used as a weight loss supplement in Russia.
Alpes Vaudoises - Switzerland. 1200 m, 22 feb. 2007
Helleborus foetidus - Stinkend nieskruid | Stinking hellebore | HellÃ©bore fÃ©tide | Stinkende Nieswurz
Talking about Helleborus, we always tend to think about Helleborus niger, the Christmas Rose, or about those dark-red coloured Helleborus orientalis.
But, in the Ardens, in the Southern part of Belgium, you can find two native members of the genus Helleborus: there is the rather common Stinking Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus), and the much rarer Green Hellebore (Helleborus viridis).
In contrast with the well-known garden-varieties of H. niger and H. orientalis, our native Hellebores have less obvious green flowers.