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Double Hellebore

An attraction for Japanese

Poisonous and completely useless plant for Montenegrins, but important for Japanese. They use it, among other things, to hybridize.

Minoru Nonokuchi As a strong and healthy substrate for other plants. In Japan, corncobs cost between 15 and 100 €. There are two major firms in Tokyo that live in this plant. Professor at the Japanese University, Minor Nonokuchi, claims that only in Kolasin grows a double hellebore, which is very important for their research.

Ivan Grdinic, travel guide and curator at Botanical Garden hosts Japanese researchers. He says that the Latin name of hellebore is Helleboris, and for these plants researchers have been coming to Montenegro since 2006 every spring. Specifically, in early April, they are crossing all the European areas where hellebore grow.

Their last destination is Kolasin. In Montenegro, there are six types of hellebore, but one of them is unique and grows only in Kolasin. That's the double hellebore. From already grown flower grows another. For the professor Nonokuchi, Kolasin is the most important point on the European map. "Thanks to hellebore, our floral admirers get unparalleled beauty," the professor said.

Grdinic points out that the Japanese are careful not to damage the plants. They do not damage the plant, nor are they rooted from the roots. They only take the seed and several leaves.

"In Montenegro, people are burn a meadow where hellebores are growing. It is so ineffable that neither the cattle nor the bird will eat it. It is a highly resistant plant at all weather conditions and pests. Sometimes they called it "healthy" and there was a habit around Djurdjev-day to put into a bowl water and leaves of hellebore, so in the morning the children would spit with that water to be healthy and resistant as - hellebore" explained Grdinic.


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