"false" hellebore

Kenneth Hixson khixson@nu-world.com
Fri, 07 May 2004 23:40:25 PDT
Hi, members:
	Earlier, Jane wrote of wondering why Veratrum was a "false"
hellebore, when it didn't resemble Helleborus.  While looking for
something else, I happened to access the following:

"False Hellebore, Corn Lily, Veratrum californicum:  The word "hellebore" 
is from the Greek elleboros. The scientific name is from the Latin
both terms were used in antiquity for poisonous plants. Later, those in the 
Lilly family were given the Latin name veratrum; and those in the Buttercup 
family the Greek name, helleborus. Thus, "true" hellebores are members of 
the Buttercup Family . The "false" hellebores are Liliaceae. All are
although they do have therapeutic value—Helleborus species contain cardiac 
glycosides and Veratrum viride was, until recently, used to treat

	This all sounds reasonable, so until someone wiser than I proposes
a better answer, I'll accept this.

	PS  Lily family, not Lilly.

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