Commonly found in gardens and growing wild
across our mountains and forests, the Helleborus genus includes
around 20 species of which 5 are present in Italy and the rest originate in the
East. For the shape of the flowers, 5 white petals, and for the time when they
bloom, the “Christmas rose,” or Helleborus niger, is the
most famous species in gardens, but it is very interesting to observe how the
other wild hellebores in Italy (including H. argutifolius, H. foetidus, H.
viridis)found their ideal habitat at the foot
of trees and shrubs in the Medieval Botanical Garden in the city center. The
collection is rounded off by a series of recent hybrids from Asia of the Helleborus
orientalis that, unlike Italian hellebores, range in color from
yellow to purple, pink to green. All hellebores bloom in winter and seem to
challenge the coldest months.