Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences:Mesic
Soil pH Preferences:Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone:Zone 7b
Plant Height:3 - 4 inches
Plant Spread:3 - 6 inches
Leaves:Deciduous
Spring ephemeral
Other: A single palmate leaf in young plants, or a leaf whorl underneath the flower in mature plants.
Fruit:Other: Cluster of follicles (pods); when ripe, they dry and split on one side to release tan seeds
Fruiting Time:Spring
Flowers:Showy
Flower Color:Yellow
Bloom Size:Under 1"
Flower Time:Late winter and early spring
Underground structures:Tuber
Uses:Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Resistances:Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Toxicity:Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds:Stratify seeds: Requires a warm moist and cold moist period for germination. Will germinate the next spring after ripening if sown outdoors.
Sow in situ
Other info: Seed will die if it dries out. Sow immediately after it ripens, and keep moist.
Propagation: Other methods:Bulbs
Pollinators:Self
Awards and Recognitions:Other: 2015 Great Plant Picks award winner

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Celebrating Winter Interest!Celebrating Winter Interest!
February 14, 2015

Pine cones, seed heads, winter bloomers, colorful red berries, and much more! Let's kick off Winter Interest Week with a look at the most popular plants in our database that give some kind of interest to our gardens in the winter. We also introduce a new gallery option in our database for winter interest, with bonus acorns this week!

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Location: My garden, Skåne, Sweden
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2014-02-23
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Location: In my garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IADate: 2009-04-04
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Location: Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015 04-09
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Location: Kettering, EnglandDate: 2009-02-25
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Location: Howick Hall garden, Northumberland, UKDate: 2012-02-23
By kniphofia
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Location: Howick Hall garden, Northumberland, UKDate: 2014-02-22A very valuable plant for early bees
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-04-25
By Marilyn
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2016-03-08
By chelle
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2014-04-02
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-03-12
By Marilyn
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EUDate: 2009-02-16
By IrisLilli
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Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Perintown,OHDate: 2013-03-10Drift of naturalized plants.
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2014-03-08
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-03-12
By Marilyn
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Date: 2012-02-16Photo courtesy of: Colin-47
By admin
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-03-31
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Location: The photographer's garden.Date: April 2011Image by Spencer C. H. Barrett, University of Toronto
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2016-03-08First bloom
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Location: Neighbor''s garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-02-07
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Date: 2013-02-11Photo courtesy of: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma
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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on Apr 28, 2016 12:45 AM

One of the earliest flowers to bloom: here, usually in late March or early April, much earlier than any spring ephemerals native to Minnesota. So wonderful to see the golden flowers against the dreary gray and brown carpet of fallen leaves and twigs. So far I have three clumps and many immature plants under a hazel bush. They grow and go dormant before the bush develops its leaves. First a flower above a whorl of small bronze leaves. Then the flowers wither and the leaves expand and get greener while the seed ripens. Finally, the capsules dry and split open to reveal hard brown seeds, and the leaves go dormant for the summer.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 25, 2012 2:56 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen if warm enough for honey bees to be out while in bloom

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Posted by Henryr10 (Cincinnati, Oh) on Mar 11, 2013 11:26 AM

These have naturalized at the CNC and some drifts are 40' across.

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