Is this some type of hellebore? (Need ID help)

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Date Photo Taken: October 7, 2010
Location: Newnan, GA
Posted By: laurelwood


I rescued this plant as a tiny seedling with just 2-3 little leaves this spring from the patio of a friend’s new townhouse. At the time I thought it was a hellebore seedling, but over the summer it has grown quite a bit and now I’m not sure what it is.
New growth leaves emerge bright lime green with heavy silver veining and reddish stems. As they age the leaves darken and the veining and stems fade somewhat. The basal plant structure looks similar to other young hellebores I have.


  1. stone Unregistered says:

    I can’t locate the exact plant…
    But your pseudo hellebore has seeds very similar to Hackelia virginiana aka stick seed.

    They are not the same weed, but the seeds are very similar.

    I’ve been taken in by your plant also… Next year when it sets seed, you will discover that it is not a hellebore…. but another beggar lice, cocklebur type weed.

    October 12th, 2010 at 6:47 pm
  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    I disagree with stone.

    Hackelia look like this

    October 13th, 2010 at 10:53 am
  3. stone Unregistered says:

    I said THE SEEDS were similar.

    By saying it a second time, I thought I’d made it clear that they were not the same plant…

    I also found that link, while trying to find the posted plant… the leaves are different, It’s the seeds that are similar.

    October 13th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
  4. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    This one is a real puzzler!
    I’ve sent it to several knowledgeable colleagues and gotten answers including hellebore, ranunculus and angelica.

    I think we’re gonna have to wait until it flowers next year.

    Please keep us updated!

    October 14th, 2010 at 9:33 am
  5. laurelwood Unregistered says:

    My Master Gardeners’ group is puzzled as well. I think the closest we’ve gotten so far is either a Dentaria or Sanicula. I’m leaning towards Sanicula but just can’t find the exact species.

    October 14th, 2010 at 12:27 pm
  6. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    My first thought was a Helleborus then Sanicula. However, if it was Sanicula, it should’ve sent up a flower stalk (likewise with Angelica & ranunculus…I’m really doubting Angelica spp since they are not basal leaved plants…though, while thinking of the parsley family, the leaves look like that of cow parsnip when they are first emerging…but i know it’s not that).
    Are the leaves thick and leathery feeling (like a hellebore)? Have you looked at the roots?


    October 24th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

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