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.
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.
Commonly known as hellebores /ˈhɛlɨbɔərz/, members of the genus Helleborus comprise approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, within which it gave its name to the tribe of Helleboreae. Many species are poisonous. Despite names such as "Christmas rose" and "Lenten rose", hellebores are not closely related to the rose family (Rosaceae).