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Broadleaf helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

Broadleaf helleborine Common Names: Helleborine

Description: First discovered in New York in 1879. It was a very popular plant with garden clubs, etc.

Habit: Erect, perennial, 1-3 ft. tall forb; several stems appear and are covered with a sparse woolly hair.

Leaves: Many (3-30), alternate, clasping, oval to lance-like, 3-15 cm long and 1.5-6(~7) cm wide.

Stems: 1-3 ft tall including flowering spike, simple, erect, herbaceous, tomentose with some arachnoid pubescence above, from thin rhizomes and fibrous roots. Hairs branched, translucent, clavate or crinkled.

Flowers: 6-parted, 3/4-1 in. wide, lip is green-purple, petals and sepals dull green with purple veins, 4-12 in. one-sided raceme, bracts below flowers are longer than the petals, flowers are nodding; blooms late June through August.

Fruit and seeds: Fruit are capsule that are egg-shaped to ellipsoid, green with brownish lines, up to 0.6 in. (1.5 cm) long, and generally hairy.

Habitat: Native to Eurasia. Found in deciduous forests, roadsides; in limy soil and shaded woodland environments.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Resembles native lilies such as Virginia bunchflower (Veratrum virginicum), Appalachian bunchflower (Veratrum parviflorum) and Green false hellebore (Veratrum viride).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling is effective, chemical treatment is not needed.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the wiki and the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium.

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Common Name:

Broadleaf helleborine

Scientific Name:

Epipactis helleborine







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