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Peony or Helleborus?

bobloesbobloes Posts: 134
Hi All
Please see attached images.
I have lovingly (sort of) tended this plant for about 18-24 months believing it to be a peony.  It has finally come into some kind of display and looks more like a helleborus.  Would appreciate a second opinion.  A case of caveat emptor?




  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    Helleborus foetidus, commonly called stinking hellebore,
    its a native wildflower, but neither a garden hellebore (like an oriental one) or a peony
  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929
    I like this plant but beware it seeds itself.
  • bobloesbobloes Posts: 134
    I should have recognised it as I planted one a few years ago about ten feet from where it has come up.  I did not like it as it does not have any interesting features so I shredded it at least 8 years ago (among other things) when I was clearing up and put the shreds in the compost.  Possibly where it came from.  When I shredded it the shredder was in the garage with the door closed and the fumes which came off it truly made my eyes sting for some time.  This time it will have no chance.  Thanks very much. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,845
    I love it and so do the bumblebees 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157
    would you have liked it if we'd told you it was a peony?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,166
    I've got one or two in my shady bed and like them - the vibrant green bells really stand out.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157
    I like it as well

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 546
    I have a few of these too.  I have learnt to love them the acid green tips look great and stand out in the shade.  
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I like a few bits of acid yellow during the 'darker' months, so have a few dotted around, together with some similarly coloured heuchera and a rather invasive euphobia which came in from next door and needs constantly keeping under control, but does have stunning yellow 'flowers'.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,136
    I like this one too and, if you look closely, you'll see the petals have deep red edges.  If you had it in a full border with companions instead of looking a bit straggly against bare soil it would look very much better.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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