Winter is the time to spot evergreen perennial flowering plant, Helleborus niger (also known as the Christmas Rose or Black Hellebore) plants in full flower. Their foliage stays green year long so it is a nice addition to the garden. Plants take years to mature and do not like to be moved once planted.

Helleborus niger is known as the Black Hellebore because of the external colour of its roots.

Hellebrous just about to flower Helleborus flowers

You can look for babies of it underneath the adult plant.



Homeopathic uses of Helleborus niger

Helleborus niger has been used in homeopathic medicine for almost two hundred years to treat a wide range of conditions including depression, headaches, mental dullness, and head injuries.

The mother tincture can be prepared from the juice of the fresh root mixed with equal parts of alcohol and the alcoholic tincture of the dry root of the plant.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann conducted the first homeopathic proving (also known as homeopathic pathogenetic trials (HPTs)) on it and in 1825 published his findings in Volume III of his Materia Medica Pura.