22 Feb 2007

Flower Fest - L for Lenten Rose

Common Name: Lenten Rose
Scientific name: Helleborus Orientalis

I recently went on a short day hike to a state park and found this plant growing at the entrance to the park office. I was surprised that this was blooming in the middle of winter and had such bright green leaves when everything around it was bare and brown. I took the picture with Flower Fest in mind and looked it up when I got back.

Despite its common name, this flower is not a rose and gets its name because some flowers resemble roses. This is an evergreen garden perennial plant that belongs to the Buttercup family. The flowers bloom in winter, come in shades of white, pink or purple, and can last up to two months! The plant itself is sturdy, can endure harsh winters, and is deer proof!

This is my entry for the letter L at
Flower Fest - The A - Z of Flowers


Glickster said...

For more about Hellebores:


Manisha said...

Shilpa! Congrats! You finally did it! I was thinking of you today and was going to drop you a note about 'L' when I saw your entry in the flower-fest mailbox.

Lovely picture of yet another flower that I knew nothing about!

Shilpa said...

Manisha, thanks for stopping by. It is so much fun learning about different flowers through Flower Fest. It’s a treat every time a new letter rolls in!

Anonymous said...

Shilpa - Nice to see your blog. I am sure we will see a lot of gorgeous pictures here.

shilpa said...

Thanks for your encouragement N&M. I don’t know about gorgeous pictures but yes, there will be plenty of pictures of birds and flowers here :)