'Helleborus' comes from the Latin word 'helleborio' meaning mad - the
ancients believed hellebores contained chemical properties which could
induce or control madness. A very popular ingredient in various mysterious
potions and apparently used in witchcraft and other pagan practices. The
plants are toxic in all parts and to varying degrees - some folks are very
sensitive to even the foliage while others encounter reactions from seed
harvesting. Wouldn't advise eating the things :-)
pam - gardengal
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