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Description for False Hellebore
Veratrum viride, known as Indian poke, Indian hellebore, false hellebore, green false hellebore or giant false-helleborine, is a species of Veratrum native to eastern and western North America.
Planting and care
When growing Veratrum species such as White and False hellebore it is probably easiest to purchase them from a garden centre or from a divided plant; plant out following the last frost of spring.
Caring for False Hellebore
- Though hard to grow from seed, once they become established Veratrum plants are pretty easy to look after; they require a very moist soil so keep well watered, to aid this supply a mulch every spring. If you require more plants then propagate by division at the start of spring.
Typical uses of False Hellebore
Special features: Always wear gloves when in contact with this poisonous plant. Propagate: by dividing in the spring in cooler areas or the autumn in warmer areas (handle with care).
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Extremely poisonous rhizomes and roots that can cause death by cardiac arrest if ingested. Traditionally used by Native Americans to poison arrows. Compounds from the plant are used in many modern day medicines to treat malignant cancers.
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