A rhizomatous perennial which is sometimes planted and naturalised in woodland and parks, and also occurs as a relic of cultivation, and rarely as a casual on tips. Reproduction is by seed and rhizomatous growth. Lowland.
H. orientalis has been grown in British gardens since 1839, and probably much earlier. It is very widely grown in gardens for its large flowers, produced in winter. It was recorded in the wild in 1925 (N. Hants.), and has been naturalised in a beech wood at Edge (E. Gloucs.) since 1980.
Native of Greece, Turkey and the Caucasus.
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