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Eranthis hyemalis (Winter aconite)

Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
0.1m
Max height
Ultimate spread
0.1m
Max spread
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity
Toxic - If eaten, stomach discomfort may result.  Foliage may irritate the skin.
Low
Toxicity

Botanical name: Eranthis hyemalis

Other names: Winter aconite, Winter hellebore, Winter wolf's bane

Genus: Eranthis

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)

Watch out for

Pests: Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases: Smut

General care

Propagation methods: Division, Seed. REGISTER to read more...


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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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