Helleborus argutifolius

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Helleborus argutifolius
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The flowers have persistent petal-like sepals surrounding the follicles
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Helleborus
H. argutifolius
Binomial name
Helleborus argutifolius

Helleborus argutifolius, the holly-leaved hellebore, or Corsican hellebore, syn. H. corsicus, H. lividus subsp. corsicus is a species of flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to Corsica and Sardinia. It is an evergreen perennial growing to 120 cm (47 in) tall by 90 cm (3 ft) wide, with large leathery leaves comprising three spiny-toothed leaflets, and green bowl-shaped flowers in late winter and early spring.[1]

The Latin specific epithet argutifolius means “with sharp-toothed leaves” .[2]

In cultivation Helleborus argutifolius hybridises readily with the closely related H. lividus.[3] H. argutifolius has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4] [5]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1845337315.
  3. ^ "Helleborus argutifolius, Viviani (1824)". hellebores.org. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Helleborus argutifolius AGM". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 47. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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