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Helleborus argutifolius - Corsican Hellebore
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercups)
Origin: Corsica (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green Yellow
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Synonyms: [Helleborus lividus corsicus]
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Helleborus argutifolius (Corsican Hellebore) - This quick-growing, clumping evergreen perennial has leafy stems 2 to 4 feet tall bearing large leaves with 3 individual leaflets that are a marbled blue-green above, somewhat purplish beneath and noticeably toothed along the margins. Large light yellow-green flowers appear above the leaves in clusters from late fall to spring. Drought tolerant once it's established. It prefers full sun along coast and part shade inland and needs ample water. It is hardy to 0-10F considerably less hardy than most other Helleborus species. This great foliage accent plant takes on a shrub-like stature in the garden and though usually not long lived (old plants are 4-5 years old), it will often seed about to perpetuate itself in the garden. It comes from the island of Corsica and also on nearby Sardinia and while the name Helleborus argutifolius is still in review according to the The Plantlist, which lists this name as a synonym for Helleborus lividus subspecies corsicus. Others point out that the two species are geographically isolated with H. lividus coming from far to the west on the island of Majorca, and that Helleborus lividus is a considerably smaller plant with darker purple-toned-foliage. There are also known hybrids between the two species, usually called Helleborus x sternii. For now we will stick with the name Helleborus argutifolius until this debate gets fully ironed out. The name for the genus is from the Greek name for the plant as 'helleboros' and the specific epithet comes the Latin word 'argutus' meaning "sharp" and 'folius' meaning "leafed" in reference to the sharply toothed leaves.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Helleborus argutifolius.