A close-up of the flower of green false hellebore as seen in meadows adjacent to Hellroaring Creek along the Island Springs Trail #11.........August 11, 2006. Note the heavily veined tepals and the yellowish stamens which are opposite the tepals.
Green false hellebore is a perennial with a single, thick, and erect stem from one to two meters in height. The stems are glabrous below the inflorescence, softly hairy within the inflorescence.
The numerous leaves are parallel veined, with the basal leaves oblong elliptic in shape and 35 cm long. The leaves are narrower and reduced in size higher on the stem.
The inflorescence is a dense panicle, freely branched, with the lower branches drooping (See photo at right.). The panicle ranges in length from 30 to 70 cm. The flowered branches do not rise as in Veratrum californicum. The six tepals (the petals and sepals look alike) are narrowly oblong-lanceolate to oblong-elliptic in shape, and yellow-green to fairly deep green in tint (with numerous darker green lines running the length of the tepals too). The tepals measure 6-10 mm long and are much longer than the yellowish stamens.
Green false hellebore is a plant of moist areas, from swamps, stream sides, montane meadows, and moist woodlands. It is found from the lowlands into subalpine habitats.
Green False Hellebore is found from Alaska south through the Olympic and Cascae Mts of Washington to the north Cascades of Oregon and eastward to the Rocky Mountians of British Columbia and Alberta and south into Idaho and eastern Washington and Oregon. It may be found further east to Ontario and Quebec, and south along the eastern seaboard to North Carolina.
-A close-up view of the flowers on the panicle branches of green false hellebore as seen along the Maxwell Lake Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness........August 3, 2016.
-Green false hellebore blooming along the Middle Fork Big Sheep Creek about half a mile east of Bonny Lakes, Eagle Cap Wilderness......August 12, 2018.
Photo above is of green false hellebore from High Prairie, Mt Hood N.F.........8/9/97. Note the prominent drooping panicles of the inflorescence.