Green False Hellebore
The photo above and at below right is of Veratrum viride at High
Prairie, Mount Hood N.F........7/26/97.
The stems are generally single, thick, and erect from one to two meters in
height. The stems are glabrous below the inflorescence, softly hairy within
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
Green False Hellebore is found from Alaska south through the Olympic and Cascade
Mts of Washington to the north Cascades of Oregon and eastward to the Rocky
Mountains 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.
In the Columbia River Gorge it may be found between the elevations of 2700'-4300'
on the higher ridges and peaks to the west of the Cascade crest.
The photo above is of green false hellebore from High Prairie, Mt Hood N.F.........8/9/97.