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Poisonous petals

Posted by
Michael Skorulski (Toronto, Canada) on 24 February 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Known as Christmas rose or winter rose, Helleborus niger is not a member of the rose family at all. The plant is an evergreen that blooms in the dead of the European winter. I wanted to capture the flower covered in snow because that's when it's most interesting. But there hasn't been much snow this year.

The plant is toxic and was used in the past as a poison which can cause death from cardiac arrest.