Helleborine. Unusual plants for a damp soil, with some part shade. Leaves spiralling or alternate ip the stem. Flowers with the upper petals hooded and the lower petal, more protruding, or cup-shaped. 22 species mainly from the northern hemisphere, with around 6 native to Britain. The helleborine common name come from the leaves bearing a similarity to the white false helleborine, Veratrum album.