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Eranthis hyemalis Winter aconite Winter hellebore Winter wolf's bane

Eranthis hyemalis (Winter aconite)
Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.1m
Max height
0.1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name: Eranthis hyemalis

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

Genus: Eranthis 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)

How to care

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Pests: Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases: Smut Smut

General care

Propagation: Divide tubers after flowering in spring. Dry tubers may be slow to establish.. REGISTER to read more...

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


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Where to grow

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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Botanical name: Eranthis hyemalis

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

Genus: Eranthis 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: Divide tubers after flowering in spring. Dry tubers may be slow to establish.. REGISTER to read more...

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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Eranthis Hyemalis

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Eranthis hyemalis

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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