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As there are so many of us hooked on Hellebore’s I thought it interesting to find out that what we call the petals are in fact Sepals,the petals being insignificant little things near the centre circle of the flower which hold nectar to attract Bees and fall off after a couple of weeks when the stigma has hopefully been polinated, as petals normally do.This accounts for why the sepal fade but stay firm on the plant for many months.Although they differ from a Bract there ability stay with the flower seems similar.
Just thought you might like to know.
I am sure some already do.

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thanks bjs, i didnt know that.

21 Feb, 2011

 

Niether did I, thanks for the info about the Helebore's. I have heard this about another plant but cannot for the minute remember which one. I have a feeling it may have been clematis.

21 Feb, 2011

 

I didn't know either..nice to know,thanks,Bjs..

21 Feb, 2011

 

I did nt know either thanks for sharing this infomation.

21 Feb, 2011

 

as a newly 'hooked' helleborite this is good to know & explains why the flowers seem to last for ages. Knowledge is power as they say. Thanks Bjs.

21 Feb, 2011

 

do you know why they are called 'hellebore' bjs? it always seems such a strange name for such a lovely flower. [reminds me of boring or hell and they are neither!]

21 Feb, 2011

 

Hmmm, I know a few people I could call "hellebore" LOL

21 Feb, 2011

 

and me valadel!!

21 Feb, 2011

 

May be this will explain where the name derived from Sticki

http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/helleborus.htm

21 Feb, 2011

 

thanks sixpence ~ you certainly learn something new everyday on here ~ i had no idea.

21 Feb, 2011

 

Verrry intereeesting.

21 Feb, 2011

 

Not so boring or hell now is it lol oh well I always say the best things happen in hell as the saying goes.

21 Feb, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Helleborus comes from the Greek word = elein meaning to injure and gora = meaning food and yet they are poisonus, i am none the wiser maybe Alex or BIK can explain.

21 Feb, 2011

 

That is interesting Bjs. thanks so much, yes we do learn something new each day on here.! Now as a Hellebore-addict check out on the Crocus website a new incredible double flowered one called 'double Ellen Picotee', delicious!

21 Feb, 2011

 

its beautiful GM.

21 Feb, 2011

 

Now thats what I like about this site, learn something new everyday, plus get directions to find something else equally as rewarding.....

22 Feb, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Grandmadge
Is this the Crocus nursery I am not finding the Crocus

22 Feb, 2011

 

I just looked at the poison garden site, very interesting, going to look for the book.... is that cat dead. So many of our garden plants are poisonous.

22 Feb, 2011

 

i think so bjs ~ thats what i found it under.

22 Feb, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

I have found it looking for the wrong thing ,silly me.

22 Feb, 2011

 

Crocus.co.uk!! but think you have it now, they have some lush ones, but this Ellen picotee is only £3.99!!!!!!! bet they will sell out now, Lol.

22 Feb, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Mage
if you look closely they are only plugs at that price probably need two years to flower

22 Feb, 2011

 

I was watching a rerun of 'private life of plants' on 'stones & bones' last night and became fascinated how some plants mimic insects to entice pollination-- I can sort of understand the shape of th flower but how did they adjust the scent-- and the colour to be a female insect......

22 Feb, 2011

 

BJs. funny you should say that, I went from here about an hour ago and was going to purchase one before all Goy.lot did!!! Then I realised why it was such a bargain and as you say no flowers for at least two years!! Thanks for the tip anyway.

22 Feb, 2011

 

i did not know that either , interesting

1 Mar, 2011

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