Helleborus lividus

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Helleborus lividus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Helleborus
H. lividus
Binomial name
Helleborus lividus

Helleborus lividus is a species of flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to Majorca and possibly nearby Cabrera, Spain. It is an evergreen perennial growing to 45 cm (18 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) wide, with deep green or bluish green, glossy leaves and light green or pinkish-green flowers opening nearly flat and appearing from midwinter to early spring. The Latin lividus refers to the colour of the leaves (literally "lead-grey").[1] It may be best grown in a greenhouse in frost-prone areas. Propagation is from seed.[2][3]

In cultivation it hybridises readily with the closely related H. argutifolius.[4]


  1. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Helleborus lividus". Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.hellebores.org/lividus.html
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  • Helleborus lividus on Groweris