One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hellebore that is cultivated for its flowers which appear in late winter or early spring.
"Helleborus orientalis", family "Ranunculaceae"
- ‘The Lenten rose is the easiest of all hellebores to transplant, and a single plant will spread quickly.’
- ‘Now Elfi's ferns are shade-loving companions to her more than 5,000 hellebores, or Lenten roses.’
- ‘When I bought my first Lenten rose I had scant expectations that it would live.’
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