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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)
Plant with: Morus nigra (Black mulberry ), Acer platanoides (Norway maple), Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway maple 'Crimson King'), Acer cappadocicum 'Rubrum' (Red Cappadocian maple), Mahonia japonica (Oregon grape), Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' (Winter flowering cherry 'Autumnalis Rosea'), Quercus frainetto 'Hungarian Crown' (Hungarian oak 'Hungarian Crown'), Tilia platyphyllos 'Rubra' (Red-twigged lime), Hypericum x moserianum 'Tricolor' (St. John's Wort), Ailanthus altissima (Tree of heaven), Mahonia x media 'Buckland' (Oregon grape 'Buckland'), Mahonia x media 'Underway' (Oregon grape 'Underway'), Acer platanoides 'Emerald Queen' (Norway maple 'Emerald Queen'), Morus nigra 'Chelsea' (Black mulberry 'Chelsea'), Morus nigra 'Jerusalem' (Black mulberry 'Jerusalem'), Acer platanoides 'Globosum' (Norway maple 'Globosum'), Tilia platyphyllos (Large-leaved lime), Tilia henryana (Henry's lime)
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.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Light:||Partial Shade, Full Sun|
|Aspect:||North, South, East, West|
Discuss Eranthis hyemalis (Winter aconite) with other Shoot members.
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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