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Plant Details

Veratrum viride

Green False Hellebore, White-hellebore, Indian Poke, Green Hellebore, Cornhusk Lily

Scientific Name:

Veratrum viride

Genus:

Veratrum

Species Epithet:

viride

Common Name:

Green False Hellebore, White-hellebore, Indian Poke, Green Hellebore, Cornhusk Lily

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Seeps, streambanks, wet boulderfields. Common in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Leaves

The leaves are strongly plicate (pleated).

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Paynter, Watauga Co, June 2011

Flowering stalk

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Paynter, Watauga Co, June 2011

Flowers

The petals (tepals) are hairy. This and the pleated leaves help to distinguish green false hellebore from other species in our area.

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Paynter, Watauga Co, 2011

Habitat

Green false helebore is a plant of wet places; shown here growing on a seepage slope in the mountains.

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Paynter, May 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America
NC State Extension


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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