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Helleborus abchasicus A. Braun
[(H. polychromus Kolak. p.p., H. orientalis auct. p.p.)]

Evergreen shortly rhizomatous plant. Leaves coriaceous, palmatisect, frequently light violet. Shoots bear 2-4 nodding reddish flowers. Petal-like sepals (perianth) dark-red, nectary glands (modified petals) funnel-shaped. V - new leaves develop April, a second generation in autumn. Fl - April-May. Fr - July. P - by division of rhizome and by seed, sown fresh in autumn or the next year after stratification. Mature plants dislike transplanting. Winter-resistant in St. Petersburg, sometimes suffers during spring frost. A semishaded site with moist soil is preferable. Recommended for solitary or group planting. Z 6 (5, 4).

Caucasus (southwestern regions). On forest margins.

There are many forms of H. abchasicus in nature which differ in the colour of the flowers. They include:

All the forms occur mostly in the western Transaucasus (Abkhazia). Suitable for regions in zone 6 (5).

Lower Taxa


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