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False Hellebore

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False Hellebore (Veratrum Species)


Grows in damp areas on meadows and hillsides at high elevations. It emerges as soon as snow melts in the spring and reaches a height of 1.5 to 2 meters. Leaves may measure 20 to 30 cm long and 7 to 15 cm broad. Cream-colored flowers grow in clusters at the top of a single unbranched stalk that resembles corn.




A 3-lobed capsule. Seed pods turn black as they ripen. The plant produces seeds in September.


Cream-colored flowers grow in clusters and appear in July and August.

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