Hellebore Blossomed From The Snow.
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Hellebore is not a rose, in fact, it’s a member of the buttercup family. The flowers only look like roses. Black hellebore (Helleborus niger), which is the oldest variety and most steeped in legend, blooms in the winter. Legend says that it sprung up from the tears of a young girl, who saw the Child Christ, but had no gift to give him. She cried and her tears blossomed into these flowers.
Now, the Christmas rose blooms every year in the late winter: a beautiful, snow-bound gift for the newborn Jesus. In fact, this is one of the few sweet legends that surround this plant. There’s a kernel of hope at the heart of hellebore’s legend: even in its dark history, the legend of the Christe Herbe brings hope.
April 29th, 2020
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