Brief Description: Perennial, herbaceous plant with short and strong black rhizome. Compound, palmate leaves, appearing simultaneously or after the flower-bearing sprouts. Sprouts with height 15-40 cm. Base leaves much smaller. 2-5 flowers, large, campanulate. Perianth parts ellipsoid, yellow-green. Sorocarp fruit of 3-6 follicles. 5-8 brown seeds with a fleshy side fin (elaiosome). It bears flowers from February until May. 
Bibliography: Γεννάδιος Π. 1959. Λεξικόν Φυτολογικόν. Αθήναι. Εκδοτική Αθηνών 1983. Εκπαιδευτική Ελληνική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια, Τόμος 10, Φυτολογία. Αθήνα. Strid A. 2002. Helleborus L. In: Strid A. & Tan K. (eds) Flora Hellenica 2: 4-5. Rueggell. 
Particular Features: Poisonous and pharmaceutical plant. Several species, hybrids and cultivating varieties of genus Helleborus are cultivated as ornamental. 
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