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Helleborus thibetanus (tie kuai zi)

Helleborus thibetanus is a delicate hellebore, separated from its closest relatives in western Eurasia by more than 5,000 km.
Helleborus thibetanus flowers

Helleborus thibetanus

Species information

Scientific name: 

Helleborus thibetanus Franch.

Common name: 

tie kuai zi

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Damp, shady woods.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Ranunculanae
Order: 
Ranunculales
Family: 
Ranunculaceae
Genus: Helleborus

About this species

Hellebores, both species and hybrids, have become increasingly popular with gardeners and are greatly loved for their winter and early spring flowers.

Père David, the French plant collector, found Helleborus thibetanus in Moupin (now Baoxing) in Sichuan Province, China in 1869. It was first described by Franchet in 1885. Despite the efforts of other well-known plant collectors, such as Paul Guillaume Farges, William Purdom and Joseph Rock, who all collected specimens of this plant, it was not introduced into cultivation in Britain until 1991. Commercial importation of H. thibetanus began shortly afterwards, and it is now common in British gardens.

Synonym: 

Helleborus chinensis Maxim., Helleborus viridis var. thibetanus (Franch.) Finet & Gagnep.

Genus: 
Helleborus

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