I received my recently ordered hellebores this morning. Cue much excitement. They are lovely little plants, and need to be grown on a bit before I put them where they are actually going to live in the garden.
A couple of Fridays ago I received an email which gave me an excellent deal on these lovely, lovely plants. After due consultation with the husband, I ordered 9 lovely baby hellebores. There are three plants of three different sorts of Double Ellen varieties – Pictoee, Pink and White Spotted. They are going to go in the front garden in an area I have named the Helleborium. I am hoping to find and relocate another couple of hellebores I think might be lurking in the back garden as well, so there should be some rather lovely colours over in that forgotten corner of the garden come spring 2 years from now.
Anyway… it got me thinking… are hellebores good herbal plants? Quite often in the past, I have found that the plants I really like are actually really useful medicinally. So I thought i would do a bit of research and find out.
After my research, my take away lesson is that Hellebores (both the white and the black varieties) are really poisonous and should not be messed around with in terms of self treatment. So… no, they are not really good herbal plants. I have also filed away the fact that historically white hellebore was used to create a poison in ancient Rome and other cultures have used it as an arrow tip poison. Useful information for potential mystery novel plots, or if my neighbours really wind me up. (That last bit is a joke. Honest.)
Apparently even though hellebore is really, really poisonous, people do still use it. White Hellebore is used for cholera, gout and high blood pressure and black hellebore is used for nausea, worms, kidney infections, colds and constipation. Black hellebore can also help to regulate menstrual periods. Still. I am not going to suggest anyone plays around with it, and I am certainly going to steer well clear of it.
I shall keep hellebores in the garden as flowers where they belong. It will add a burst of colour to the front patch and will make me smile when I look up from my desk.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.