|<<2016 Hellebore tour to Italy and Corsica Island>>
This time the society members and I had the opportunity to see H.bocconei
and enjoy both good fragrances in southern and central Italy, respectively.
In addition, we took our first voyage to the island of Corsica from Livorno in Italy to Bastia
by car ferry, where we enjoyed magnificent views as well as getting a close look at H.argutifolius.
On the first day, March 4th, we went to Bagnara Calablia in southern Italy
to see H.bocconei.
Unfortunately, it was too late to see the flowering H.bocconei as they
are always early bloomers
and it was much warmer than usual in Italy.
So, almost all the H.bocconei had gone to seed.
(H.bocconei with seeds)
On March 5th, we learned from the explanation of our hellebore guide, Matthias
that it was extremely difficult to judge the kind of species only by looking
at the foliage,
because there are so many similar types of foliage in each hellebore species.
Please take a look at the various examples of foliage he collected for research at one site
On March 6th, we went to the site of H.liguricus where we were lucky to
see many other plants
such as Anemone blanda, Cyclamen hederifolium and snow drops.
(C.hedelifolium with beautiful leaves)
Our hellebore guide said H.ligulicus at this site was categorized as an
intermediate of H.liguricus
and H.bocconei. Actually, the foliage of H.liguricus at the site seemed to be similar to that of
H.bocconei, I thought this site was a fantastic place for wild flower lovers.
On March 9th, we left for Monte Cinto at an altitude of 2,706 meters by
coach and stopped by
at Scala di Santa Regina, at an altitude of 503 meters, to see H.argutifolius
huge rocks covered with snow that had fallen the day before we arrived.
I was very impressed to see the wonderful scenery covered with snow
(H.argutifolius between rocks)