White hellebore

Main characteristics of white hellebore

White hellebore is also commonly referred to as a Christmas rose. Its flowers bloom in the period between the beginning of December and the end of February. Its genus includes about thirty perennial species that have little to do with roses. The leaves consist of oval segments that have a particularly intense green color. The plant produces fleshy but thin stems that carry the flowers grouped in clusters or single. At our latitudes they can also be found in the wild especially in hilly woods and in well-shaded areas characterized by high levels of humidity. Hellebore is a simple plant to grow and helps decorate gardens in months when there are no other flowering plants.

white hellebore plants” width=”745″ height=”559″ longdesc=”/giardino/piante-perenni/elleboro-bianco.asp”>The white hellebore must be placed in a well shaded area or in half shade. It is always better to check that the foot of the plant remains well sheltered from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest season of the year to prevent it from perishing quickly. These plants do not fear low temperatures even if the thermometer remains below zero degrees centigrade for many days. The roots are sensitive to drought and need to stay in a humid environment. During the summer season it is good practice to water periodically both in the early morning and after sunset to ensure the right level of humidity.To improve the soil, mix it with excellent manure.

The flowers of hellebore

Hellebore flowers are also used as a cut flower. They must be treated with extreme care because they are very delicate. Heavy rains as well as hailstorms ruin its appearance irreversibly. To overcome this problem without resorting to greenhouse cultivation, it is necessary to collect the flowers in bud.They are suitable for creating imposing but refined-looking floral arrangements during the winter and for making bridal bouquets. Their shape vaguely resembles that of the dog rose. The weight of the inflorescences weighs on the stems and causes them to bend downwards, giving them an almost melancholy appearance. once they are cut they can last a long time especially if immersed in a solution of water and a little sugar.

White hellebore: Uses in herbal medicine

All parts of hellebore contain high percentages of alkaloid substances. For this reason this plant is very toxic for both animals and humans. Alkaloids are irritating when applied topically while if ingested they can have quite important effects on the heart. Hellebore has been used for centuries in herbal medicine as a cardiotonic but also as a highly effective laxative. Those who want to collect the seeds of their seedlings and then plant them the following year, must necessarily wear gloves to avoid unpleasant inconveniences.The active ingredients are extracted and used in some drugs intended to treat arrhythmias and other problems directly attributable to the disorders cardiac type.

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