Veratrum album

False hellebore

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Jenny Lilly, copyright GAP Photos (307988)

Plant details

An unusual plant, this has striking, large, oval pleated leaves that form a loose rosette at the base of the upright flower stems dotted with white blooms, green inside, in mid- and late summer. It is a highly architectural perennial that needs siting where the whole plant is on view and will not get smothered by vigorous neighbours. It makes a good centre-piece for a focal point in a mixed planting in shade.

Family: Melanthiaceae

Genus: Veratrum

Species: album

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: September to March

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