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Large leaves. Dark maroon flowers Aug-Sep. 2m. Moist, rich soil. Shade.
Black false hellebore, False hellebore
Veratrum nigrum (Black false hellebore). This is a perennial species which is quite rare, and produces long narrow, terminal spikes of small purplish brown flowers with 6 petals which bloom from late summer. The leaves are large pleated, elliptical are arranged spirally into a sheath around the stout, erect stems. This species will grow to a height of 1.8m.
They are very frost hardy and are easy to grow in rich, moist soil. They are poisonous.