Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Stinking hellebore (Helleborus foetidus)

Contributor(s): David Godfrey

Appearance

  • Member of the buttercup family   Helleborus  .
  • Found in dry slopes, scrubs and open woods.
  • Up to 50 cm tall.
  • Thick branched stem.
  • Leaves:
    • 3-9 lobed.
    • Lower leaves stalked and up to 30 cm wide.
    • Upper leaves smaller.
    • Lanceolate and toothed.
  • Flowers:
    • March-April.
    • 1-2 cm wide.
    • In panical formation.
    • Dropping and globular.
    • With 5 petal-like formations.
  • Fruits: 2 cm long.

Toxicity

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Clinical signs

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Allison K & Day C (1997)A Guide to Plants Poisonous to Horses.British Association of Holistic Nutrition and Medicine.


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