This species has by far the most interesting and attractive foliage of the genus and goes by the common name Bear's Foot Hellebore. The leathery, dark green leaves are evergreen except in severe winters and are divided into 7-10, serrated fingers arranged in the shape of a fan. They offer a compelling contrast with Hostas and Ferns. The clusters of 1in, bell-shaped blooms, which appear on 18-24in stems, are pale green with a maroon rim. They're not in a league with the flowers of Delphiniums or Clematis, but we're grateful for color of any kind so early in spring. For the serious shade gardener, this plant is a must. It will self sow and, like other Hellebores, is deer resistant.