Lenten Rose
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Lenten Rose
P Introduced Photo: Akhtar Malik
Common name: Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose
Botanical name: Helleborus orientalis    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

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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