Definition of false hellebore in US English:

false hellebore


  • A herbaceous plant of the lily family, with pleated leaves and a tall spike of densely packed yellow-green flowers, found in damp soils in north temperate regions.

    Genus Veratrum, family Liliaceae: several species, in particular V. viride of North America

    Also called "Indian poke"
    • ‘Nonephemerals that bloom during the summer or fall are Canada lily, false hellebore, and species of aster, goldenrod, and sunflower.’
    • ‘Plants of false hellebores (Veratrum) and death camas (Zigadenus) have complex alkaloids of similar structure and cause livestock deaths in the western United States.’


false hellebore

/ˌfôls ˈheləˌbôr/