Lenten Rose is a perennial herb reaching 28-45 cm
tall, with glossy green digitate leaves composed of 7-9 leaflets with
sawtoothedd leaf margins. Leathery in texture, the leaves are
evergreen. The cup-shaped flowers, white to pink to rose-purple,
looking down, appear in late winter and spring, arising in groups of
1-4 on the ends of thick stems rising above the leaves. Flowers are
large, 7-10 cm across, and have yellow stamens. All parts of the Lenten
rose are poisonous. Sap coming into contact with the skin may cause
temporary irritation, while ingestion of large quantities can cause
burning of mouth and throat, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and
diarrhea. Lenten Rose NE Greece to Caucasus, cultivated elsewhere.
Identification credit: Akhtar Malik
Photographed in Kashmir University Botanical Garden.
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