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Helleborus Hyemalis

Helleborus Hyemalis
Other names are Winter Hellebore, Aconitum or Aconite. Many species of Aconitum are cultivated in gardens, some having blue and others yellow flowers. As garden plants the aconites are very ornamental, hardy perennials. They thrive well in any ordinary garden soil, and will grow beneath the shade of trees.  Flowers with us in February or March, and hence is liable to be cut off by severe frosts. 

They are easily propagated by divisions of the root which are send out in plenty or by seeds. Roots may be taken up and transplanted any time after their leaves decay, which is generally by the beginning of June till October, when they will begin to put out new fibres; but as the roots are small and nearly the colour of the ground, so if care is not taken to search for them, many of the roots will be left in the ground. These roots should be planted in small clusters, otherwise they will not make a good appearance, for single flowers scattered about the borders of these small kinds are scarce seen at a distance; but when these and the Snowdrops are alternately planted in bunches, they will have a good effect, as they flower at the same time, and are much of a size. 

NOTE: Special care should be taken not to leave pieces of the root where livestock might eat them, owing to the poisonous character. 

Helleborus Hyemalis grows wild in Lombardy, Italy, and Austria, affects mountainous situations, and it is also common plant in the Alps of Switzerland. 

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