Hellebores are not fragrant flowers and are widespread especially in white color. The philosophers of the past used the properties of this flower to reach a mental state similar to that of meditation, and there are many legends regarding the alleged properties of this plant: the alchemist Paracelsus seems to have used the hellebore leaves to create an elixir long-lived and according to an ancient English legend hellebore could be used to become invisible. According to other beliefs it was a plant capable of curing the mentally ill and actually in the present it is used, albeit rarely, in homeopathy to cure cases of severe depressions of the nervous system that cause patients to be completely indifferent to any external stimulus.

Hellebore cultivation

Growing a hellebore plant doesn’t require much effort; it does not require particular attention, nor to be exposed directly to the sun, on the contrary, it survives very cold temperatures and it is possible to keep it outside rather than inside the apartment without this choice ruining the flowering. It is a plant that does not need direct contact with heat, but it is important that the soil in which it is planted is very clayey and always rich in humus, it generally blooms in winter but should be planted in spring or in September. Hellebores are resistant but it is important to eliminate the leaves that dry up and make sure that the soil is always very fertile, it is a plant that lives particularly well in very shady areas and needs to be watered regularly.

Hellebore plant

Commonly known as the poinsettia, hellebore represents change. It is a plant that can be grown in pots even by those who are not a great expert in botany, for this reason it is an ideal gift to give to anyone. It is a flower that boasts at least 15 varieties from Europe, China and the Middle East. Hellebore is used as a winter decoration throughout Europe and exists in various colors including white, pink, light yellow, wisteria, purple and red. It is a plant with healing properties but also with a high level of toxicity for which it was used to make medicines especially in more remote times. The name hellebore derives from the Greek and means “nourishment that kills”

Hellebore meaning

The meaning of this plant is linked to a legend according to which hellebore was used by a shepherdess as a gift for the birth of Jesus; the flower therefore symbolizes birth and renewal, as well as happy events that transform personal history into a positive one. Furthermore, hellebore symbolizes liberation, a meaning given to the flower for its approach to the sacred world but also shared by pagans who attributed to the flower the ability to give relief to those suffering from mental disorders: hellebore would have freed from terrible anguish the sufferers of these pathologies, reaching the point of healing them, in the most fortunate cases. According to a

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