"Traditional Herbs for Winter Interest"

Flowers, even

Stinking Hellebore
Helleborus foetidus

Helleborus foetidus
Helleborus foetidus
A plant that throws off this much light in the dead of winter certainly deserves a better name. (Section B, under the Fig tree)

(Lately I've seen it offered in nurseries under the name "Fern-Leaf Hellebore," which is an improvement.)

Also of note (1/3/99): Viola tricolor (Johnny Jump-up) -- Yes, blooming. Not in a splashy blockbuster kind of way, and one had to move in close to see, but goshdarnit, blooming. (Section A)

Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) -- The ones on the periphery were already setting their flowers; the ones in Cascara Circle to follow soon.


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