This is certainly not my favorite topic. It is a long story, but to be brief, hellebores do not do so well in the chaparral climate of the Santa Clara Valley. They are happier here, just a few miles away, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. By our regional standards, they performed remarkably well this year.
1. Is this Corsican hellebore? There are only a few. They are all the same. Their neat spacing suggests that they were planted intentionally. I find this pale greenish white to be rather boring.
2. Most of the feral hellebores look like this. It is like a spotty pink, with a bit more white around the edges. The individual plants are more numerous than I remember them being last year.
3. This one is more purplish pink or perhaps pinkish purple, with those same spots. I did not notice the herd of aphid to the left. Otherwise, I would have found a more exemplary specimen.
4. Color does not seem to be represented well by this picture. I really thought that this one was more reddish purple than it seems to be, perhaps like burgundy red. I am no good with color.
5. White is, of course, my favorite, even with the reddish purple spots. This one seemed to stand upright better than most of the others. I remember it from last year, but it was not so pretty.
6. If this one did not live right on the edge of a walkway, I would guess that it is one of the cultivars that was originally planted intentionally, and produced some of the seedlings for all these feral hellebores. It is doubtful than it would have been planted there though. It is the most profuse in bloom, although that blushed white color is rather bland. It is very popular with aphid. (This is the same hellebore that was the first of my Six on Saturday for last Saturday.)
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