St. Nicholas/Volume 40/Number 3/Nature and Science/Blooms in December

Blooms in December

The Christmas “Rose.”

Sometimes the “Rose” blooms amid the snow.

The so-called Christmas rose (Helleborous niger) is not a rose, though somewhat rose-like in appearance. It is a little plant belonging to the buttercup family, with five-petaled, waxy, white flowers two or three inches across. It is not yet known just how far north this plant is hardy, but it has been grown successfully in Rochester, New York. The accompanying illustrations were taken by Mr. Nathan R. Graves of that city. We shall be glad to receive reports from our readers as to other northern latitudes in which it thrives and blooms. We hope that our young people will send photographs of the plants when in bloom.