|Copyright: bob cat (bobcat08)
|Date Taken: 2007-03-10|
|Categories: Flowers, Mountain|
|Camera: Canon G5|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 0:00|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]|
|I made this photograph in the spring of the stinking hellebore to the foot of the Berneuse in Switzerland on an altitude of ± 1400m. The Berneuse is a mountain of ± 2050 m. altitude and lie in the Pre-alps near the little city Leysin and the lake of Geneva.|
Helleborus foetidus L
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Species: H. foetidus
Helleborus foetidus, known variously as Stinking hellebore, Dungwort, or Bear's foot, is a member of the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to western Europe, from England south to Portugal, and east to Germany and Italy.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall and 100cm across, with a thick succulent stem and evergreen glossy leaves. Flowering is in spring. The drooping cup-shaped flowers are yellowish-green, often with a purple edge to the five petal-like sepals on strongly upright stems. Foliage is pungent when crushed.
All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing glycosides. Symptoms of intoxication include violent vomiting and delirium .
It is grown in gardens for its handsome evergreen foliage and large numbers green, bell shaped flowers borne in late winter.
The cultivar Green Giant has very bright green flowers and finley divided foliage; Miss Jekyll has fragrant flowers, intensity varying with the time of day; Wester Flisk Group has red tinted leaves and stems and gray-green flowers; the Sierra Nevada Group is dwarf reaching 30cm.
Helleborus foetidus prefers woodland conditions with deep, fertile, moist, humus rich, well drained soil, and dappled shade. The species is, however, drought tolerant. It often occurs naturally on chalk or limestone soils.
Propagations is via division or from seed, which can be prolific, naturalising well in ideal conditions.
Poisonous Plants and Fungi in colour. Blandford Press & Pharmacological Society of Great Britain.
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What amaze me is the toughness of the plant against the cold and snow in such a high attitude!
the plant still look pretty fresh too
good captured and thanks for sharing
- [2007-08-15 9:58]
Excellent capture of this Helleborine, a variation I've not seen before. Very sharp details and wonderful yellow and red colours. I like the snowy background too.
Many thanks, Ulla
Interesting closeup of this snow-bound perennial..Well controlled exposure with nice color, sharpness, and details..
I like the "sunny" look, as the snow gives way to this hardy species..Excellent notes,