Helleborus argutifolius

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Helleborus argutifolius
Helleborus argutifolius.jpg
H. argutifolius with spiny-toothed leaves and flowers with persistent petal-like sepals surrounding the follicles
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Helleborus
Species: H. argutifolius
A flower of Helleborus argutifolius
Helleborus argutifolius - MHNT

Helleborus argutifolius (holly-leaved hellebore, 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]

In cultivation Helleborus argutifolius hybridises readily with the closely related H. lividus.[2] The former plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "Helleborus argutifolius, Viviani (1824)". hellebores.org. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Helleborus argutifolius AGM". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 23 December 2012.