Early Riser in the Garden
Lenten Roses announce the arrival of spring with their nodding green flowers, some with pink tinges.
Native to much of Europe, the Lenten Rose (Hellebore) has evergreen foliage with beautiful winter or early spring blossoms. The flower colors are provided by sepals, structures that resemble petals. The actual flowers are inconspicuous but the sepals remain months after pollination has occurred.
The common name Lenten is because some varieties bloom during Lent. Even the snow we had recently didn't deter the blooming.
The name hellebore comes from the Greek “elein” meaning to injure, and “bora” meaning food. This species and the other members of this genus Helleborus are highly toxic.