Helleborus foetidus

A lovely evergreen plant that is perfect for a slightly shady understory, where a subtle and elegant early spring bloom would be appreciated. In Not Quite Happily Ever After Sara tells Renny that she really likes this particular Helleborus for it's "medieval woodland look." Surprisingly, it is quite drought tolerant and, if happy, it will seed about politely. Deer do not seem to eat this plant, but slugs do find it of interest, particularly if it is grown in a very moist, crowded site. It can be cut to the ground after it blooms if the foliage looks tired, or just cut out the flowering stalks when they are done.