Known As: Hellebore, Christmas Rose
Latin Name: Helleborus family
Description: Member of the Buttercup family. Evergreen
rhizomatous perennial up to 13.5 inches high growing in clumps. Flowers
from December through April with 2 or 3 large flowers. New flower
buds form February through May. Has a stalk but no true leafy stem.
Leaves are basal, alternate, palmately clet with long petioles. They
consist of 7-9 dark green shiny leaflets. They are tough, narrow
and lance-shaped. Petals are smal and tubular with numerous stamens.
Pictured is Helleborus Orientalis.
Poisonous Parts: Entire plant, especially sap. Contains
Cardian glycosides (bufadienole hellebrin), Saponins, Ranunculosides.
Also contains the toxin protoanemonin.
Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhea. Violently emetic.
Can also affect the nervous system and cause dermatitis.
Treatment: Contact your veterinarian. Treatment for cardiac
glycoside poisoning: atropine and activated charcoal, lidocaine for H.