Botanical name: Eranthis hyemalis
Other names: Winter aconite, Winter hellebore, Winter wolf's bane
Species: E. hyemalis - E. hymalis are small perennials with cheery, yellow flowers that sit above lobed, fresh-green leaves in late winter to early spring.
Eranthis hyemalis is: Deciduous
Flower: Yellow in Spring; Yellow in Winter
Foliage: Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Winter
Toxicity: If eaten, stomach discomfort may result. Foliage may irritate the skin.
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Pests: Generally pest-free.
Specific diseases: Smut
Propagation methods: Division, Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Eranthis hyemalis (Winter aconite) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Naturalised in turf, Underplanting, Woodland
Cultivation: Plant in moist, free-draining soil in sun or dappled shade. Planting 'in the green' - when in leaf - is likely to be more successful than planting tubers. However, if planting tubers, soil thoroughly in advance.
Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Aspect: North, South, East, West
Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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It suggests that these can be planted 'in the green'. Can I move already flowering plants?
Aconites are the brilliant midwinter counterpoint to snowdrops'modern charm. They were identified with the classical aconite, which was a poisonous herb dedicated to Hecate, a moon goddes in Greek mythology. There is a story that Cerberus, the fearsome watchdog of hell, spat out venomous saliva from which the aconite sprouted. An unpleasent story, though a well-founded one, as aconite is one of the most poisonous plants in cultivation.
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