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Hellebore, a plant suitable for a winter garden, because it gives charming and bold flowers but also because it has some interesting properties to know.
Hellebore or Christmas rose
With the name of Hellebore we label a vast genus of plants that includes over thirty herbaceous species, all perennials. They are not all present in our country where we can mainly find the said variety helleborus niger, by scientists. Ordinary people call it "Christmas rose”.
At homeHellebore it survives and is also very pleasing to the eye, it is not difficult to maintain and furnishes a lot of environments especially when it is not the season for other plants. In the wild this species usually populates moist soils, maybe those located at the edge of the woods, in hilly areas or in cool and shady areas.
It is quite easy to guess the reason for the nickname of Christmas rose buckled to Hellebore. Its splendid flower comes out during the winter giving us the joy we feel in front of a May rose, in the middle of the cold season.
Pale sun, snow, frost, chilblains, but theHellebore, perennial, does not betray us. Its flower is similar to that of the dog rose, another reason why it is named “Christmas rose"And not" Christmas flower ".
It is the most common species in Italy and almost the only one, without considering the very rare ones. In scientific jargon it is called "Helleborus niger", is the progenitor of a great variety of hellebore hybrids that have different shapes and colors. If purists turn up their noses, most people who love flowers and appreciate the courage of their flowering in winter, also appreciate hybrids and create very original compositions.
Today Hellebore is considered above all one ornamental plant but it was once used as a remedy for cure mental illness, madness, but not only. It is a legend that needs to be verified, but it certainly has ancient roots, to be found in Greek mythology.
Hercules was one of the most famous patients cured of madness thanks to hellebore, the shepherd Melampo also used this plant for the daughters of Preto and Argo, giving them the milk of the goats who had eaten an abundance of leaves. In addition to madness, Hellebore also cures, so they say, heart disease which arise in old age.
As often happens, it is necessary to have measure when using natural cures involving certain wild plants. Hellebore is in fact toxic, all its parts are toxic, even the roots. The effect they have on the abuser is highly irritating, this applies to both people and animals.
This does not detract from the value of the plant which remains recognized among the most popular in herbal medicine effective for those with cardiotonic problems and constipation. We therefore do not give up the benefits ofHellebore, just avoid handling flowers and leaves without gloves and do not indigestion in order not to risk serious diseases.
With 14 euros on Amazon we can get one potted hellebore plant, about 25 cm high. From the moment it arrives in our home we have to take care of it, making it immediately reinvigorate given the journey made. Then it is downhill, because this plant it adapts well to the Italian climate, loves to stay in partial shade or in the shade, in fact in the wild he chooses to live in the undergrowth.
It only gets the sun in the morning, when it is still a shy and delicate sun. As for the soil, let's get a little acid and keep it constantly humid.
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